Friday, November 11, 2011

Encouraging News

Pie and Drifter had a visit from our vet/chiropractor today.  She did neurological exams on them to check their progress - they're on day 15 of their treatment for EPM - they've completed the full 10-day paste treatment with Oroquin-10 (decoquinate plus levamisole) and are now 5 days into their 90 days of feed supplementation with a lower dose of decoquinate.

The bottom line is that both boys are greatly improved - in fact I've noted sustantial improvement even in the past 5 days.  Pie now does the turning test in both directions without any difficultly, and crosses over with both hinds, although the reach on the left hind is still slightly reduced - this is a big change even from last Sunday, when he still had some difficulty with his left hind.  His backing is also improved - he uses both hinds equally and can easily back straight.  And his spinal nerve responses were dramatically improved - in fact in certain areas he was hypersensative, which apparently isn't unusual as the nervous system recovers from EPM.  He was his cheerful, inquisitive, interactive self again too, and was running and bucking in his paddock this morning.

Drifter is also doing very well - his crossing tests are very close to normal - there is still a very slight delay with the right hind, but his left hind is moving very well - it no longer toe drags and there's no swinging out.  His backing is greatly improved - he lifts both hinds well and there is no pulling/dragging backwards of the feet.  He does have somewhat reduced spinal nerve reflexes generally, although this is also likely to improve.  The only downside of Drifter feeling better is that he is very feisty, wanting to bite and play, which is a good thing but makes him somewhat more challenging to work with.

Both horses also had normal responses when the vet tried to put one hind foot behind the other - both horses resisted and wouldn't put their hinds in that abnormal position, whereas both had had abnormal responses before - Pie had left his left hind behind his right hind indefinitely, and Drifter had difficulty correcting his hind foot placement.  They both clearly know where their hind feet are and are able to control where the feet go.

I couldn't be more delighted - it's clear the treatment has made an enormous difference and that both horses are greatly improved.  Now if the weather and my schedule would cooperate, we could do some riding . . .

26 comments:

  1. That is good news. Hopefully, the weather will improve for you soon.

    Dan

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  2. Great news Kate. I'm so glad the treatments are working and they are both getting back to normal. Hope your weather holds and you're able to ride.

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  3. Great news!! Weather? Yeah, it's challenging here too.

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  4. Great news! So, is that what they think was causing Pie's distress all along? Did Drifter start having similar problems? Sorry, have been busy and have missed some updates. So glad that they're improving.

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  5. Wonderful news, Kate, it is great when treatment is noticeably effective, it sounds like your boys will recover completely!

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  6. C-ingspots - all the info is on the EPM page. Both horses had symptoms, but somewhat different ones. It isn't contagious horse to horse, so it's possible they picked it up independently before I even got them.

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  7. What amazing news! EPM in every other case I know it's been a very different progression. This is a new treatment, right? Looks like a very promising one! Hope it all continues to move in this direction.

    How awful it must have been to see Pie and Drift not correct their limb placement before. I've seen that once before and it's a very disconcerting thing to see.

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  8. That's great! Hope they both get 100% better.

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  9. Breathe - it is a new test - using blood and much more accurate and distinguishes between strains and between prior exposure/immunity and active infection - and also a new drug formulation - two drugs that have been around for a while - decoquinate and levamisole - but a new formulation and treatment regime. Both are in clinical trials and the trials seem to be going very well so far. See the EPM page for more details.

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  10. This is REALLY great news!!!!!! :) I hope things really continue on this great path for both the boys. I agree, we could use a break in the COLD and wind. That is, before the real cold comes.

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  11. Awesome news Kate! I'm sure you are relieved! Hopefully it all progresses even better for full recovery.

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  12. Super news. Hope it all continues on the upswing!!

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  13. Kate~
    So very happy to hear the good news. I have been following your journey with EPM and your dedication has certainly served both Pie and Drifter well. You are such a good mom!
    Say, can I ask who your vet/chiropractor is? She sounds like she is really on top of this. Always good to know of such a good resource!
    Thanks and blessings!
    Marianne (and Lea too!)
    Spend The Thyme Farm
    Belvidere

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  14. I'm happy for your good news. Very glad that Pie and Drifter have responded well to their treatment.

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  15. Marianne and Lea - send me a private email at ayearwithhorses@me.com and I'll be glad to give you our vet/chiro's contact details.

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  16. Great news! I hope you can get a few more rides in before the snow hits!

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  17. That is great news, Kate! Jeeze, how scary for you, though!

    Glad they are both on the mend and I'm sending good-riding-time vibes to you all.

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  18. Yay! So exciting! I'm so happy for you and your boys. :)

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  19. Uplifting news! This has been fascinating, but I'm sorry all this had to happen.

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