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Let's talk about EPM

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Reg. Oct 2005
Posted 2021-01-12 7:32 PM
Subject: Let's talk about EPM

Elite Veteran

Posts: 927
Location: Bigfoot Country

What did you notice first?

How long did you think it was something else?

What did you use to help?  and how long?

What do you use to keep it in check?

Did your horse fully recover, and compete again, as good as ever?



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Reg. May 2004
Posted 2021-01-12 8:36 PM
Subject: RE: Let's talk about EPM

Military family

Keeper of the King Snake

Posts: 6904
Location: Dubach, LA

It's hard to diagnose. I have a gelding whose bloodwork was indicative of EPM. He started missing his right lead and lost tail tone. He's been treated twice and I'm still not sure...

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Reg. Sep 2014
Posted 2021-01-12 8:51 PM
Subject: RE: Let's talk about EPM


Posts: 65

With my mare it was a night and day difference. I put her away one night fed the next am and she was just not herself. She couldn't get up from lying down and she was all banged up like she had been struggling to do so all night. She was difficult to walk. When we did walk her and tried to just step her up to the wash rack on the concrete she couldn't manage her feet. We immediately drew blood. Apparently she was high on the suspected end of the bloodwork. We decided it was better to treat ASAP and continue to monitor and look for other things. We treated her with Marquis. It was almost a full year before she settled back into her normal self and was able to navigate just being a horse. She ended up being one of the handiest horses I have ever had. She does have a small residual from the EPM it left her with a bit of a swivel in her hock when she is just cruising. When she works she u can't see it at all and she moves with a great purpose. 

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Reg. Oct 2005
Posted 2021-01-12 10:21 PM
Subject: RE: Let's talk about EPM

Elite Veteran

Posts: 927
Location: Bigfoot Country

I hear that lots of people just treat for it, every spring and fall.  Whether they show signs or not.

Some say it really enhances their performance, so maybe there was an underlying issue, that just had not surfaced?

I don't know?   

I've never dealt with it, but since my mare was diagnosed and treated, she is doing great!

I will continue to treat her twice yearly and hope and pray it stays away!

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Reg. Dec 2005
Posted 2021-01-14 3:37 PM
Subject: RE: Let's talk about EPM


Posts: 2673
Location: Silver Lake, MN

I bought a mare who had it a few years ago.  She has some side affects from it, paralyzed flapper, some minor vision loss and she came back to running barrels but not 100%.  I have not ran her yet but I put her on MVP's Eclipse product as a preventative and will monitor things.  She got it quite a few years ago and is 17 now.  I'm a weekend warrior and just go for fun so I think she will be a great addition to have but I do keep a pretty close eye on her.  I have never had any issues with EPM previous but it sure made me do some research and I am thinking of just treating them all at least once a year.  I guess I have been lucky so far! 

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