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Who annually treats for EPM? Why? What are you using?
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astreakinchic
Reg. Sep 2011
Posted 2017-04-20 10:09 AM (#7340874)
Subject: Who annually treats for EPM? Why? What are you using?


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Who annually treats for EPM? Why? What are you using? I know many ppl hauling hard that say they treat for EPM once annually these days. I've done mine when we've had a mysterious lameness but never just treated to keep it away.

Many ppl have mentioned to me that because most horses have it but aren't symptomatic that it is important to keep the protozan level hopefully low so that during times when the immune system is compromised there will not be problems. Any insight?
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Kay-DRacing.
Reg. Jun 2009
Posted 2017-04-20 12:58 PM (#7340939 - in reply to #7340874)
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I have a friend who treats her horses every so often for EPM if they are looking dull and/or lost weight. She'll also treat no matter what, if the horse came from the South. 
I didnt notice much of a difference in the filly she treated but had never heard of people spontaneously treating for EMP until I moved North. Sounded like a waste of money to me since the horse was not showing any abnormal signs of anything but that's just me!

It's pretty spendy to treat one isnt it?

 
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linds
Reg. Feb 2005
Posted 2017-04-20 1:03 PM (#7340941 - in reply to #7340874)
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Never heard of this.  Interesting! 
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classicpotatochip
Reg. Mar 2011
Posted 2017-04-20 1:22 PM (#7340949 - in reply to #7340874)
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I have one that I will be treating annually as he's a confirmed recovery and his immune system is crap. Maybe even biannually.


It's not something that I won't treat at the drop of a hat if I even have the thought, "EPM."

EPM is real, it's debilitating, and it's treatable. It's also pervasive and most horses, especially in the south, have been exposed to it. I think most maintain a good immunity to it, but it's the ones that don't that can really get messed up.

I've known two horses, however, that never left the state of Wyoming and were confirmed cases, so cold weather isn't necessarily a safe line. All it takes is a contaminated bag of feed.
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scwebster
Reg. Mar 2013
Posted 2017-04-20 2:00 PM (#7340955 - in reply to #7340874)
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Rebalance. 1 bottle is a 30 day supply and cost 100$.  
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mandita8907
Reg. Nov 2010
Posted 2017-04-20 3:48 PM (#7340982 - in reply to #7340874)
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Interesting post. Bump
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Ashley Lynn
Reg. Jun 2005
Posted 2017-04-20 10:40 PM (#7341053 - in reply to #7340874)
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I don't think treat mine annually, but everything in my barn has been treated. My young ones especially. Rebalance is affordable enough that I can't see a reason not to. IMO people wait to long to treat EPM. By the time you start seeing massive physical symptoms- it's too late. I watch very carefully my horses attitudes, their physical appearance and how they travel. I've only had one horse that was treated more than once.
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Ashton94
Reg. Feb 2014
Posted 2017-04-21 3:26 AM (#7341069 - in reply to #7340874)
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So with Rebalance, are y'all treating them even if you're not 100% sure they even have EPM? It doesn't wrongly affect them if they don't have it, would it? Do y'all see a change in them the first few days?
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mandita8907
Reg. Nov 2010
Posted 2017-04-21 9:17 AM (#7341099 - in reply to #7340955)
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scwebster - 2017-04-20 3:00 PM

Rebalance. 1 bottle is a 30 day supply and cost 100$.  

Is one bottle one treatment or do you have to use multiple bottles?
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dianeguinn
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2017-04-21 12:01 PM (#7341161 - in reply to #7340874)
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I actually treat twice a year (spring and fall), but I deal with a lot of horses coming in and out or ones that may have been through multiple hands, so they're severely stressed by the time I get them. AND we have a ton of possums in my area. I believe most people don't treat it quickly enough. I personally think any horse old enough to graze probably has it, and it only takes stressing them (putting them in training, changing environment, etc) to bring it out. I believe from now on, people will have to start treating it like they do for worms just to keep it at bay. If you have a pasture horse, you may never see symptoms at all, but pull that horse out of the pasture and put it on a competition schedule, and I guarantee you will start seeing symptoms. I like to use Levamisole, as it is also an immune booster.
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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2017-04-21 4:23 PM (#7341248 - in reply to #7341161)
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dianeguinn - 2017-04-21 12:01 PM

I actually treat twice a year (spring and fall), but I deal with a lot of horses coming in and out or ones that may have been through multiple hands, so they're severely stressed by the time I get them. AND we have a ton of possums in my area. I believe most people don't treat it quickly enough. I personally think any horse old enough to graze probably has it, and it only takes stressing them (putting them in training, changing environment, etc) to bring it out. I believe from now on, people will have to start treating it like they do for worms just to keep it at bay. If you have a pasture horse, you may never see symptoms at all, but pull that horse out of the pasture and put it on a competition schedule, and I guarantee you will start seeing symptoms. I like to use Levamisole, as it is also an immune booster.

Laura's older barrel horse had it and was treated. Since then, when they notice something not quite "right" Kota gets treated again. And she says they see a difference right away.
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