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[RC] EPM - Kathleen A. Crothers

My horse, Texas Dually, at age 13 just completed a 50 mi ride Sat. making 2900 
miles since he was diagnosed with EPM at age 5. He had only done one 50 shortly 
before the EPM.  The signs were that his normally smooth canter felt like he 
was bucking and he slowed down climbing hills.  Shortly after that the muscles 
over his croup started to atrophy.  A spinal tap tested positive for EPM.  That 
was back before we had any good approved drugs available to treat it.  In two 
months time he looked like a starved horse from the point of hip back.  Thanks 
to information from a couple of endurance riders in TX we found a vet that was 
using an experimental drug with great success so we took him there and had him 
treated.  He still is slow on hills and still has some muscle atrophy but he 
recoverd nicely and we are still having fun on rides together.  Good luck.  
Happy Trails, Kathy Crothers


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