Equine neurological problems can manifest in a variety of ways, including altered gait, incoordination, abnormal behavior, or seizures, to name just a very few. These abnormalities can arise from a number of causes, but most commonly they are due to disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system such as:
- Wobbler disease (boney compression of the spinal cord)
- Equine Protozoal Myelitis (EPM)
- Central nervous system trauma
- Equine Herpes Virus
- Hypoxic encephalopathy of neonates
Our experts diagnose these disorders through a comprehensive process that includes a physical examination, routine laboratory and blood tests, spinal fluid analysis, and radiographs of the head and neck. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical for many of these problems.
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Caring for neurologic horses
Our facility is ideally equipped to manage the treatment and care of neurologic horses, with an Isolation Unit, padded stalls, an on-site laboratory to provide rapid results, a well-stocked pharmacy, and state-of-the-art radiographic equipment.
From the Winner's Circle
As a fifth-generation horse in our breeding program, Spydermann represented high hopes for competing nationally in dressage. But, as we were initiating his training as a yearling, we saw that hed occasionally stumble while on the lunge line. After our vet checked his basic health and found no problems, we were referred to the EMC. The clinicians there performed a thorough evaluation, which showed that two of his vertebrae were compressed. This meant the problem was neurological and would be exceedingly difficult to treat. Dr. Sullins counseled us about a very delicate surgical procedure that would offer about a 70-80% chance that Spydermann would improve. I actually watched them perform the procedure and I was extremely impressed with the precision and teamwork of the surgical team. Spydermanns fully recovered now, and hes performing incredibly wellso well that hell compete in the U.S. National Sport Horse competition next fall. Just as importantly, its very evident that hes happy now that he can do his job. Were extremely pleased with our experience at the EMC and were so glad to still have this special horse in our lives.
View a video of Spydermann to see how hes doing about eight months after his surgery.
Bob and Mary Rombs
Liberty Arabians, Ltd.