Sidewinders Syndrome Update

Two days ago (day 24) we had a huge setback. Things had been going so well, and we kept reducing the steroids. We were down to once a day with a low dose. I went out to see Red and he was spinning in circles and had reversed the spin from then original direction. He could barely eat and he exhausted himself. ( This site won’t let me post a video.) Picture him grabbing a bite to eat and then spinning around. Then he cannot quite reach what he was eating before (so he cannot reach his bowl of food, or the flake of hay he was eating from before the spin.) I went from dreaming of riding him again to hoping he won’t starve to death. I called the vet. Red got a huge mega dose of intravenous steroids. I am back to large doses of steroids twice a day, and doing everything with my fingers crossed for luck. This all started on January 7 and we are at February 1 now. I thought tonight he is eating better. He can almost walk in a straight line if I help him balance as I lead…


About A Cain

I am originally from New York State and moved to Pennsylvania for college and graduate school. My husband and I later lived in California and West Virginia, and then we were transferred to North Carolina. I learned to ride as an adult, in North Carolina. I have two horses now: one wild-and-wooly teenager who is learning from me, and one former race horse that has turned into a school master for me. They are both pretty sensible and great on trails, so we go everywhere. They live with me on my own North Carolina mini farm. I love to sit on my deck in the evening and watch them graze.
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