Unexplained disease takes life of 11 year old pony.

My pony showed signs of lathargy, and just not seeming right on Oct.6th. On Oct. 9th one vet who never came up, on the phone said the pony had founder because of all the rain we had. On and around the 9th, I called another vet after finding a sore on her mouth. This vet said that it was an absces from biting her lip. On the 18th I found my pony laying in the ...My pony showed signs of lathargy, and just not seeming right on Oct.6th. On Oct. 9th one vet who never came up, on the phone said the pony had founder because of all the rain we had. On and around the 9th, I called another vet after finding a sore on her mouth. This vet said that it was an absces from biting her lip. On the 18th I found my pony laying in the ...

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

My pony showed signs of lathargy, and just not seeming right on Oct.6th.

On Oct. 9th one vet who never came up, on the phone said the pony had founder because of all the rain we had. On and around the 9th, I called another vet after finding a sore on her mouth. This vet said that it was an absces from biting her lip. On the 18th I found my pony laying in the pasture not able to get up, after an hour we got her up and in a stall. She had more absceses on her jaw area. The vet came back out and gave her a tetenus shot and a culter and lanced her absces. I did as the vet required and flushed her a few times a day. The cultered show a strep. ecoli, Bor something.

In the meantime I only handled the pony and other people dealt with my other horses. She seemed to be doing a lot better, than on the 20th the stiffness returned. On the 21st, When she could get up she go a few feet stiffen up like a rocking horse and fall hard with her third eyelid showing. Then after a few moments this would all happen again. Then on the 22nd, There was blood in the stall walls, and would lay there having fits and then seeming to be not conscience. Later that day she died. We only had her for a year and she got a tetenus in the spring and again when the vet came the first time.

She was only 11 years old. All my other horses are showing no sign of illness. Please if you have any comments about this. Please let me know. All signs point to tet. She even had closed, clasped shut teeth and her tongue seemed stuck to her roof of her mouth. She also started bleeding from her mouth just about an hour before she passed away.

Confused,
Sherry

Sherry,

The rule outs for pro lapse of the third eyelid are: rabies, tetanus, HYPP, Horners Syndrome, and tick infestation. From what you describe it shows like you horse had tetanus. In cases where horses die of unknown causes you should always request a necropsy.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder