Horse Veterinary Questions? Ask an Equine Vet.
Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
My fear for your horse, Zuni, is that he has either injured a disc in his neck or back that is blocking the nerve supply to other muscles. This can happen by just moving the wrong way or aggravating an already present arthritis especially if Zuni is older. This can be treated with strong ant inflammatory medications such as Banamine or steroids but xrays would be required to know for sure. There is also a possibility that Zuni has developed an Encephalitis which is an infection in the spinal cord that is blocking the nerve supply.
The first thing to do is to have your vet run blood work and start on anti inflammatory medications to see if there is an improvement. If not further dianostics will be required to help Zuni past this.Does that make sense to you?
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If you can find someone with Butazolidin , give Zuni 2 gms twice per day. Many horse people will keep this or Banamine on hand for emergencies. This will help until your vet is able to examine Zuni and run tests. Hope he will be ok!!