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Ditsy Mare
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:17 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Please please please read up on this illness/ disease.

Two horses from our yard have been diagnosed and rushed into equine hospital for intensive care and fluid treatment over the last few days. One is responding well to treatment (caught as it developed) and the other isn't responding as well.
The key to AM is to catch early and get them to the vets as soon as possible. It's fatal like Grass Sickness but the toxins attack the muscles.

I've attached links below for you to read up on.

The symptoms our girls displayed were:

Violet: lying down in the mud, no appetite, severe stiffness particularly in hind limbs, fever, dullness, dark brown/ wine coloured urine.

Bonnie: reluctance to walk, stiffness, a muscle tremor in her shoulder, severe sweating and then dullness.

Both horses went down with this very quickly and we have no idea if either will pull through. Please spread the word and encourage people to look at the symptoms, it really could be the difference of saving a horses life. Other symptoms can include colic like symptoms, they aren't always off their food.

Preventions include avoiding very boggy pasture (not easy at this time of year) avoiding allowing hay to sit on the ground for long periods of time, encouraging drinking with salt licks etc.


*Muscle tremors*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMnuhO5gPaI

*Colic like symptoms*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaP8zt2g6Nk&feature=related


http://www.rossdales.com/downloads/atypical_myopathy_nov09.pdf

http://www.horseandcountry.tv/news/2011/11/01/warning-uk-horse-owners-after-several-atypical-myopathy-cases-reported

http://www.avshayle.co.uk/EAM.html

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/horsecare/1370/303438.html

http://www.aht.org.uk/skins/Default/pdfs/equine_vol6_3_focus.pdf

Hope this helps. Don't want to scare people but it really is happening. Sad Please send healing wishes to our girls. x
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

god how awful. really do hope they make a fully recovery asap.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Just had news that Violet died at 4pm today. :'( Rest in peace little girl.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

So sorry to hear that Ditsy,hope 'Bonnie' recovers,RIP 'Violet' what sad news Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:12 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Sorry that you lost Violet. We lost our big boy to Grass Sickness and it was traumatic to watch.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Gosh how horrible. We have had a few case too close for comfort in Hampshire too.
RIP to your girl
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:39 am Reply with quoteBack to top

RIP little one and I know how awful it is to see a horse die. Our 2 year old died of grass sickness 11 years ago and I still miss her and her death haunts me to this day. It was horrible to see her and despite the best efforts of Liphook Equine hospital they had to put her to sleep. Sending healing vibes to your other horse.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:56 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Awful news, so sorry

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

i would just first like to say i am so sorry to hear of the recent loss of violet, and thank you for the links as i haven't heard of the illness before so have now done lots of research and now know what to look out for.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

kay wrote:
i would just first like to say i am so sorry to hear of the recent loss of violet, and thank you for the links as i haven't heard of the illness before so have now done lots of research and now know what to look out for.


That's the very reason I posted them - It's not very widely known and its so dangerous. As a quick update Bonnie came home Wednesday and appears to be doing well. Thanks for the kind words, I'll pass them on. I know she'll be grateful to hear them.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:59 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Good news about 'Bonnie' Very Happy ,glad she's doing well must have been a hard and worrying time for you all.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Here is the latest from Liphook Equine Clinic. You can go to their website and read about it on their "News" tab.

Briefly, research has found that the Sycamore tree "helicopters" contain the toxins which cause this.
When horses are in paddocks with these seeds on the ground in autumn, with sparse grazing (such as when you are trying to keep weight down) then collect up the helicopters before the horses eat them.

Sorry for the loss of those horses. It is very sad. Hopefully no one else will have to go through it.

www.liphookequineclinic.co.uk/news/
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I would just like to keep up the awareness of the horrendous Atypical Myopathy, i just lost my beautiful 6 year old shire to this absolutley dreadul desease. Do all you can to spread the word, so many people still seem unaware and when they do know they are underestimating its deadly potential. It is like nothing i have even known and wouldn't want an single other horse or owner to go through it.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

If your horses are in pastures occupied by Sycamore trees, get them out!

Several of the links to articles above are dated. The research into AM has shown the connection of the "Sycamore helicopters" to the disease.

If your horses are near fields that contain Sycamore trees, the wind can blow the "helicopters" into adjoining pastures.

If it is at all possible, horses that are out during the day should be brought in at night and fed reasonable quantities of quality hay and feed, ostensibly to dilute the toxins from the offending seeds.

If there are no other accommodations available to horses pastured 24/7 in fields with Sycamores, feed ad lib hay in those fields.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:17 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I have sadly heard of other shires that have lost their lives due to this. It was always a danger when I was growing up but it's the first time I've heard of it in years. Such a dreadful thing to happen and my heart goes out to you Ivors Mum. x Sad
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