Finding a horse recumbent (unable to rise after lying down) is a situation no horse owner wants to experience, and is one of the biggest challenges faced by an equine vet. Unfortunately, some conditions and situations will warrant immediate euthanasia on humane grounds, but on the other hand, a foot abscess (for example) may be sorted and with the addition of painkillers will result in a quick and satisfactory outcome.
Multiple conditions can render a horse recumbent, including:
- Foot Abscess
- Traumatic injury (e.g. fracture)
- Chronic osteoarthritis
- Neurological form of Herpes virus
- Rhabdomyolysis (tying up)
If you find your horse or pony in this situation - contact us immediately.