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Re: [RC] Opinions wanted - Elizabeth Walker

Really vague is right.  I agree it sounds as if something is off.  This is a complete guess - but it does sound as if there is something in the leg / hoof area that is bothering her.  

I don't know how much you want to spend on vet bills, as she is a pasture potato, and it seems to be getting better.  One possibility *might* be DSLD/ESPA.  I haven't been able to find a lot online, but what I have found does describe some pretty general symptoms, some of which are in your email.  One site to look at would be:  www.angelfire.com/bc/curlygait/diagnose.html.  They say right on the site, however, that they are not vets, and the site is for info only.

On Jun 4, 2009, at 2:33 PM, Laurie Hilyard wrote:

About six days ago, I saw my 8 year old Morab mare lying down.  No big deal, but then later in the day I saw her down again.  Up on her chest, ears up, looking around.  Occasionally laid flat out, but she was not trying to roll or biting her flank.  Concerned, I went out, and she stood up, stretched a little, and walked off slowly, eating as she went.  Altogether that day, she was down about 5 hours of the 12 I was observing her.  Since then, she has been down less each day, but is still not quite right.  It's almost like someone added 15 years to her age overnight. 

The other mare galloped off, the Morab went at a trot, head and ears up, tail flagging, but not her normal "I'm feeling good" run.  I yelled at her to run, and she cantered for about 200 yards, then pulled up and walked/jogged to the barn while the other mare galloped all the way.  <snip>
I lunged her at a trot in some 10 meter circles both ways - no obvious lameness.  
Laminitis - no lameness, just a little reluctance to step out like normal.  Alternatively rests both hind legs, not rocking back to take weight off front feet.  
Anyone have any opinions?  Anything like this ever happen to you?  Since her symptoms are so vague - really more of a change in personality than anything I can point to as a true symptom, I have been reluctant to call the vet.  Plus the fact it seems to be slowly improving.  I would appreciate anything anyone could tell me.  Thanks
Laurie Hilyard

[RC] Opinions wanted, Laurie Hilyard