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4/10/2013 2:24:38 PM
Thank you SandyReply: percheronpattie
Thank you Sandy for asking Dr. Gibbs to run the tests.  I hope that they will detect why this has happened.  I can't express to you how badly I feel for your loss.  I know how it feels to lose a member of your horse family.  My thoughts are with you and your family and if you need anything, my e-mail is luvh2o@verizon.net  With warmest regards,  Jenny
4/10/2013 2:20:49 PM
EHV-1: Herpes Equine Viirus ~Reply: Willow


Horses with EHV-1 Neurological disease have a weakness and paralysis of the muscles of the hind limbs that causes lack of coordination, gait abnormalities and the inability to stand up from a sitting position.

The time between an initial EHV-1 infection of the respiratory tract and the onset of neurological signs is about 8 - 12 days. The neurological symptoms appear suddenly and reach peak intensity within 48 hours.

4/10/2013 10:25:06 AM
Post-Mortum to be done!Reply: Sandy
Just got off the phone with Dr. Gibbs and he is having a "post-mortem exam" done on the horse that we had to put down last night! Hopefully, we will have an answer within a week! Again, please post this on your websites.
I will keep you all posted when I know more.
4/10/2013 9:56:21 AM
Downed Horses ~Reply: Willow
Sandy, I am so very sorry. 

I don't know what I (or anyone) could do to ease the agony of such a horrific thing happening to your family.  But if anything at all occurs to you, day or night, please feel welcomed to call me:  951-776-9503.... and I will do anything I can. 

I am so very sorry,

4/10/2013 7:32:53 AM
Hello SandyReply: percheronpattie
Hello Sandy, this is something I have seen before.  Just a little over a year ago something like this happened to our neighbors horse and when I went to pick some bute up from Dr. Gibbs at another ranch at the end of last year, there was a horse down there with the same symptoms.  I'm not saying that they have the same issues but....I would wonder what was going on too.  Did you ask for an autopsy to be done on one or both of your horses to figure out the cause of death?  This could be very helpful to the community if there is something going around.  I know this can be expensive and would not be able to do this myself but thought of it as I was typing.  I am so sorry for your loss.  This must be very heart breaking for you and your family.  Warm regards,  Jenny
4/9/2013 10:27:05 PM
HorsesReply: Tonette
Sandy, where did you get their feed? Our horse died suddenly, soon after another at our neighbor's horse was severely ill. We suspected the feed, but we couldn't get our neighbor to cooperate with us.
4/9/2013 10:19:23 PM
FeedReply: lynnesite
Sandy, I'd refrain from feeding the same stuff, particularly if you used any bagged feed.  I'd go buy new hay too.  Hope blood work was done.
4/9/2013 10:14:53 PM
:-(Reply: lynnesite
Sandy, how awful, my sympathy to your family.  I hope a necropsy was done? 
4/9/2013 10:00:56 PM
Downed HorsesPost: Sandy
I live in Gavilan Hills near Lake Mathews Drive and Gavilan Hills. We have put down two of horses on our ranch in the last three days! On Saturday morning my husband went to feed our horses and found one of them down. This horse had been down and apparently thrashing during the night. We couldn't get him up, called Dr. Gibbs and he had to be put down. Dr. Gibbs said he thought the horse had injured his spine just below his mane. Then this evening went out to feed and found a second horse down and again couldn't get him up. Dr. Gibbs was unavailable and his message referred us to Dr. Rasner. Dr. Rasner was unable to get this horse up, gave him some shots that should have relieved the pain and allowed him to get up but nothing helped. Dr. Rasner felt that the best thing to do was euthanize this horse. Both vets thought it was too early for West Nile Virus and all of our horses had received all their shots.
This could just be coincidence but I want to get the word out to the horse world and see if anyone else has had similar incidents. If you have a website please post this notice for other horse owners. Again, please remember that this could be a coincidence but I don't want to take any chances if there is something going around!

Thank you.
Sandy Rytych

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