Signs of EPM in Horses (Symptoms and Causes)

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Signs of EPM in Horses (Symptoms and Causes) - Silver Lining Herbs

EPM is a disease that is most commonly recognized by the horse having ataxia, general weakness with muscle spasticity.

Early signs of EPM in horses

Early signs of EPM can be recognized by abnormal gait, lameness, muscle atrophy, head tilt and other neurological symptoms. Riders have often reported that EPM signs were first recognized by performance issues, such as trouble staying in correct lead, stopping, backing up and turning around.

Alternative Way to diagnose EPM in Horses Naturally

Alternative diagnosis to EPM can be done by using acupressure points. Specifically, and easiest to identify is a point on the horse’s right side hindquarters. This point is stifle high and would be where if you would image an out seam would be if a horse would have a pair of pants on. This point can be extremely reactive and is suggested to be done by a comparable professional. If reactive it would be presumed that the horse does have EPM, and would be suggested to start an EPM treatment.

What causes EPM in horses?

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a disease caused by the apicomplexan parasite Sarcocystis neurona that affects the central nervous system of horses through a lesion in the digestive system.

How long can a horse live with EPM?

If treated properly many horses with EPM live a long high-quality life, with many returning back to competition.

How do you control EPM in horses?

Holistic measures to support prevention in horses from EPM includes a structured deworming schedule, using 13 Herbal Wormer. Supporting a healthy immune system, using 24 Immune Support. In the actual event of supporting a horse recovering from EPM we suggest using EP Minus.

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