This past week the vet went m.i.a. and i could not get a hold of til Saturday. He told me to feed out some uniprim I had and he would be out for a rectal exam Monday. (I don't know if I said something wrong to fall out of contact with the vet or if being so busy he triaged me to some place else on his "list")
Four years ago Ridge was shifting on his back legs also. I pushed for xrays and i collected urine and got a ua done.
He had slight hock arthritis was put on chrondoprotect for a year then the vet said i didn't have to procede with that it wasn't that bad. One other vet from the office did a cbc and also pulled out a huge bean, which made me feel dumb, but i felt like he had found the problem. So u can be sure i cleaned his sheath immediately upon fever and shifting. I got alot of junk out which seems always typical for him and a very small bean.
There is no diagnosis yet although the vet said it the cbc showed bacterial infection.
Does epm present with infection?
I ran a piece of hay across his flanks but he just looked at it and me like quit!, but he didn't flinch his flanks. I puulled him off balance once pulling his tail but he held the second time. I'm gonna try and cross his back legs today and see if uncrosses fast. He has been itchy belly sheath buttocks and he sometimes keeps his back feet very close together.....
If anyone has a clue....thx aheada time
By the way so grateful for helps with cinchiness, you never know when it's your last ride
thank you for your empathy and insight. That is good medicine.
I have emailed a vet that is also a farrier and knows acupuncture. He specializes in lameness issues. He is a horse doc and I hope to get his opinion. I also hope I can afford it! The vet clinic I have now even does cats and dogs. The main vet is very smart but his practice includes other (smart)vets and you don't always get the same one. So I am really the only one that is familiar with my horse's history. Wish I was a horse vet.
At anyrate your point is well taken and it gives me the courage to continue the process of a second opinion also with a gait evaluation.
Thanks !! I will
MY questions to you would be:
#i How old is your boy?
#2 How many years since he was gelded?
My thoughts here reside in my experience with the gelding that is performed by some vets and outgrowth of that surgery. It is very easy for a horse to become unnaturally seized in the growing area due to a sloppy surgery and or incomplete recovery therapy. If this happens, and the horse is asked to be athletic after the healing from the surgery, he can be very restricted in his backend movement. The elasticity of the ligaments are left with scare tissue. Eventually, that can become so irritated and sore that compromises his ordinary life. I only mentioned this because of the stretching exercises you mentioned on your original post. [CROSSING OF THE BACK LEGS]
Sometimes when we really listen to them, they will communicate to us with extraordinary wisdom.
`Hope this helps you, Please keep us posted.
Thank you for your kind response and professional understanding.
The vet just left and the rectal exam showed nothing disturbing. He was able to feel the "rings"from Ridge's geld and said it was ok. Nothing wrong there, so on to checking for epm😨and tick bite. Epm doesn't present with a fever and infection so perhaps it's tick+epm. I think I would rather it just be a tick bite. No longer any infection at least and Ridge is off all antibiotics.
Ridge is a 13 year old quarter horse cross tri color. He was gelded when I got him, and he was about 1yr. 9months then.
The vet said four years ago his shifting was unrelated, but it looks the same! Except now more symptoms and is worse. Dsld is something my vet didn't mention ....idk. Still no word from the horse specialist
Epm test negative and the tick titre also negative. The vet reasoned it was a self limiting infection that infected the nerve endings. I don't know what to think, just thanking God he is better and that I have a chance to catch up on the bills.
I will be keeping an eagle eye on him! I also will be researching dsld and "tieing up".
Thank you again for the support!
It was great to see him dig in with his back feet when I called him to dinner. He still drags his backs during smaller turns/circles. I revisited the cinching lessons, has been over 6 weeks........it took a few carrot prizes to refresh his memory. The vet said I could ride but I will do other stuff with him awhile longer. Riding doesn't seem nearly as important anymore.