Sunday Scare

Jigs scared us today. We have been partners for 8 years and apart for a muscle tear quite a few years back and some abscesses, he’s been relatively healthy. Not so much today.

While being hoof trimmed, one side of his body started twitching. He was wobbly at the walk. I was terrified.

An emergency vet visit was warranted. My trusty vet was off; her coverage was one and a half hours away.

While waiting, he pooped, twice. There was a touch of blood in the first pass. For non-horse people, pooping is extremely important. Horse people have no qualms about picking through and analyzing poop. It’s just digested grass after all.  We can be quite obsessive about it and it is a common discussion point at barns everywhere.

Not pooping can mean an impaction and surgery…or worse. What goes in a horse must come out via poop. According to Google, horses have between 50 and 70 feet of intestines.  That is a lot of real-estate for problems. A problem can be a death sentence. A few weeks ago, an acquaintance lost her precious horse to colic. It is heartbreaking.

The twitching frightened me. Could it be HYPP? HYPP or equine Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis Disease occurs in quarter horse who trace back to the stallion Impressive. Muscle twitching is a symptom. Jigs’ origin is not known. He is muscular, like many Impressive breed horses.


Jigs at Arcadia

I did do some DNA testing on Jigs. It’s not accurate. His DNA came back in order , Argentinian Crollio, Holsteiner, and Missouri Fox Trotter. Huh?  Barely 14.2 hands, where did the Hosteiner come from? He looks like a quarter horse.

I was freaking out. Could he have a genetic disease? How would I know? Google made it worse.

My friend suggested I ride her mare. I am not a good enough rider to ride her lovely mare, but I needed distraction, so I did. Thank you, Amy.


Me Riding Babe

The vet came.

She did the exam. He was slightly off on the hind, but barely. Not like earlier when he was wobbling. She did a full exam and felt no impaction, although one side of his gut was less active than the other. She said he is so small she got a good feel of most of his intestines and he was fine. Such a relief.

She did bloodwork. His platelets were a bit low and his calcium a tad high, but overall, he was fine. She said if it were a different time of year and if he had a fever, the diagnosis may have been Ehrlichia, a common tick disease in our area, but he was not running a fever. And he was eating, although less enthusiastically than normal.

So the conclusion is what our regular vet thought during an email exchange, mild colic.  He finally  passed the manure that was hard causing pain and the twitching. We’ll watch for a few days and soak his feed just to be sure.

I hope he will be fine.


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2 Comments on “Sunday Scare”

  1. Karen M Parlin Says:

    Glad things are okey

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