Before we started treatment for EPM, Dr. Hanley gave Bunny a neurological exam. We did another neurological exam after the first month of treatment and saw improvement, but opted to do another round of treatment. Bunny finished her last dose of the second treatment a couple of weeks ago, but today we finally did one more follow up exam.
Bunny finished her last dose of Marquis on Saturday. This was her second, and hopefully last, round of the medicine. I saw Dr. Hanley at Applewood yesterday and let him know, and scheduled another appointment for another neurological exam re-check. We discussed how she’s been under saddle, and I mentioned that I hadn’t cantered her yet because I wanted to take her reconditioning slowly. Dr. Hanley said that was a good idea, but suggested that we could start adding a little bit of cantering by now, and actually encouraged it because he really wanted to know how she was at the canter before he did the follow up exam.
How to brighten my day: Send me a text from my horse!
Our rides these days may not be very exciting, but I had a really great ride on Bunny this morning.
It really felt like September today, instead of just August Part 2. I got to the barn by around 7:30am, and was in the arena by 8:00am. It was still nice and cool, with a breeze, and most of the arena was in the shade. I wasn’t questioning my sanity because I had chosen to wear a long sleeve sun-shirt. Even the flies seemed to be leaving us alone for once.
It started with weight loss.
Bunny’s always been an easy keeper. And when I say easy, I mean easy. There’s been only a few times in her life when she’s gotten much more than a handful to a small scoop of good. So when she started losing weight, I figured it was part of old age. My barn owner was on top of things and started upping Bunny’s daily rations back in mid-May. When the weight loss continued, we upped her grain again in the beginning of June.