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can't lower neck
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 Posted: Sun Aug 19th, 2007 09:33 am
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This evening when I brought my horses (two thoroughbreds) into their yards for dinner and overnight - my big horse (17hh) kept walking around his tub.  I was concerned he was off his feed, however when I offered him some in my hand - he ate it.

I've raised the feed to sit on a fence and he is eating it.  He was fine this morning and showed no sign of discomfort.

It's been cold and drizzly here (Bathurst, NSW, Australia) and the paddocks are slippery.  Could he have taken a tumble and pulled something?

Any assistance before I call the vet would be great




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 Posted: Mon Aug 20th, 2007 12:41 am
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Liz -- You should NEVER wait for a reply here before calling the vet. I am not a veterinarian and this is stated in our Ground Rules for the Forum. My answers are not to be used to substitute for the advice of a veterinarian who can or has directly examined your horse.

A stiff neck can be a sign of very serious, fast-moving, and life-threatening illness (i.e. such as meningitis or equine encephalomyelitis). And especially when it comes on fast as you have described, I would certainly call the vet and forget the Internet.

Please let us know what the vet says. THEN if you have questions, it would be perhaps useful for you to write in here. -- Dr. Deb

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