Rehabilitating the EPM Horse

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Your horse was diagnosed with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, but with quick intervention by your veterinarian, careful administration of medications, and lots of nursing, he is on his way to recovery and being “cured” of the parasite. At that point, almost everyone has lots of well-intended advice on how to get your horse back to 100% fitness. There are a few nay-sayers who claim your horse will never be at full fitness again. Fact is, even the experts are divided about what percentage of horses can achieve compete-at-the-top rehabilitation.






EPM Rehabilitation
SHAWN HAMILTON


As the horse begins to regain strength and coordination after basic ground work, exercise related to his discipline can be incorporated into his program. Care should be taken not to overtax the horse.


“Experience tells me that probably half, maybe 60%, go back and actively participate in their chosen area,” says Frank Andrews, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Associate Professor and Section Chief of Large Animal Medicine, University of Tennessee. “Then there are horses that improve and become 100%. They do exactly what they are intended to do

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Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She’s schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

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