Posted by: yogavet | October 24, 2009

Ain’t no rest…

The little muscle disease filly steadily improved… so much so that she was ready to go home this morning.  Unfortunately, her owner had another (larger) horse that was experiencing many of the same signs.  ::sigh::  So this morning, we made a swap – they brought us another down horse in a trailer, we hooked him up to fluids for round 2.  And the filly walked ouf of her stall on her own power, and was shipped home. 

This new one is a bit of a different story… twice as big, and we were unable to get him up on the trailer (not that we didn’t try… I have the bruises to prove it.  Just a tip, don’t enter a confined space with a thrashing horse…).  We anesthetized him and dragged him off and into a stall, and rolled him on to the mat.  The team is getting a lot of practice at moving down horses, for better or for worse. 

I’m exhausted and feel like I’ve been run over by a truck, but before I retreat to my bed to try and nap (between calls from the technician), I would just like to say this: 

::climbing aboard soapbox::

Most horses do NOT need grain!  In both of these cases, large amounts of grain were fed to young horses being minimally exercised, in an attempt to "beef them up" for the show ring (a common practice with "halter" Quarter Horses).  These horses likely have a predilection for a muscle condition, but the grain is the trigger.  If your horse is not in rigorous training, or thin, or old… it can probably live a very healthy happy life on good quality pasture or grass hay.  

::exitting soapbox::

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