Pregnancy Seizures?

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  1. emali06

    emali06 Senior Member

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    A video was posted on facebook recently of a pregnant mare that was having what appeared to be a massive seizure in her stall. Her legs were collapsing, she was throwing herself all over the stall when she tried to get up. At a point or two she laid on her side, legs out stiff and eventually she ended with her face in the corner, breathing heavily.

    I don't want to post the video but I'm sure anyone can find it.

    The vets said it was a seizure caused by pregnancy hormones.

    Is anyone familiar with this?

    Has it happen to your mare?

    Should the mare be bred again?
     
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    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    We had a cow that died of a massive stroke that was, in a round about way, caused by her pregnancy. I don't remember the details, but somehow the pregnancy hormones did a thing, which did another thing, which caused the clot. Closest I've ever seen.
    Personally? If there was even a slight chance that the seizures would happen again, I'd abort the foal and never breed the mare again. A seizing 1200lb animal is dangerous as all heck.
     
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    emali06 Senior Member

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    Some commented about that but she is pretty far along so its dangerous for the mare to abort that late, not to mention unethical.
     
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    Kristal H Senior Member

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    I have heard of mares with nutritional deficiencies and imbalances having seizures. I had a pregnant mare choke that was slamming herself all over her stall and on the ground, it was one of the scariest things I've seen.... I have not heard of hormone seizures...but anything that gets the body chemistry out of whack enough can cause a seizure.
     
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    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    Eh, dangerous and unethical are relative. It would have to be a serious discussion if the pregnancy is advanced, but it is dangerous and unethical to let the mare kill herself or a person. Lots of factors to consider, and a hard choice no matter what.
     
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    emali06 Senior Member

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    Its a hope and a prayer situation. Personally I wouldn't breed the mare again. If you can find the video, you can see how she could have very easily injured herself.
     
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    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    How many times had she seized before? I don't really want to watch the video, I know it will be upsetting...
     
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    ChestersMomma Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    What breed? I wonder if it was a HYPP mare and the pregnancy hormones sent that into overdrive.
     
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    Mare is 5 panel Negative and was tested twice by two different places. She appears to be an appaloosa.
     
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    I don't know how many times previously. That very well may have been the first one.
     
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