EPM Report

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis is one of the most-devastating horse diseases.

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis is one of the most-devastating horse diseases.

According to a 1998 National Animal Health Monitoring Systems study, 60 percent of horse owners were not familiar with EPM and fewer than 10 percent felt knowledgeable about this disease that attacks a horse’s central nervous system.

Don’t let yourself become part of these statistics. Download your FREE copy of The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal’s EPM report to educate yourself and get up to date on EPM for the safety of your horses.

This report will inform you of the following important areas of this disease:

  • How EPM is passed
  • Maturation cycle of EPM
  • How EPM effects your horse
  • Symptoms of EPM
  • How to test for EPM
  • Treatment of EPM

More importantly, the Racing Journal’s EPM report will give you methods to prevent the disease from ever affecting your horse through proper prevention methods. The most important prevention method comes from good horse keeping practices, such as feed storage and management systems. Also, learn about the progress on the S. neurona vaccine available from Fort Dodge.

Dr. Kenton Morgan with Bayer Health gives his knowledgeable insight gained through his experience with the disease.

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“Every presentation is a little different.” Morgan said. “It can vary from a horse that’s just not doing right, so to speak, to one that’s got profound neurological disease that is stumbling all around and can hardly right itself.”

Symptoms range from mild to severe and can vary from stiffness, incoordination to paralysis of the face, plus many more.

“I’ve had people report that they noticed when the horse whinnied, it sounded different,” Morgan said about a suspected case of a horse with EPM.

Be a responsible horse owner and train yourself to practice proper prevention and detection methods. It could save your horse’s life, especially if you live where opossums are common. Opossums are the definitive host for the parasite during its protozoa stage. Other intermediate hosts include cats, raccoons, skunks and armadillos. Learn how to take proper precaution from this report if these animals are common in your area as well.

This EPM report will also inform you of treatment actions for the worse case scenario of your horse falling victim to this disease. Approximately more than 50 percent of all United States’ horses have been exposed to the causing organism.

If you are searching for possible solutions to this harmful disease, then download the Racing Journal’s EPM report – FREE. Once a horse has developed the disease, according to studies, approximately only 40 percent are able to come through with a full recovery. Dr. Morgan continues to say that up to 60 percent are able to improve to some degree after undergoing treatment. Learn all about possible treatments currently available and others that are being tested from this EPM report, to rid your horse of the nasty parasite.

16 thoughts on “EPM Report”

  1. My 7 year old mare is currently on treatment for EPM. Unfortunalty, she was at the trainers, and within 5 days after I had went to see her she had facial atrophy and the trainer was still roping off of her and did not call me to tell me about it. I immediatly took her to the vet. and they started treatment, she has gotten worse and has lost her right eye. My leason learned the hard way, always check on your horses as often as possible when at training and be very careful about who you choose. I will never use this trainer again, he acted like I did something wrong when I went to pick up my gelding that was still there, I told him I wanted him home so I could watch him myself. He cussed and said he didn’t have time to make 20 phone calls a day and that he had people waiting in line to bring their horses to him, I feel very sorry for the people that do take horses to him. It is very important to watch any and every sign for this terrible disease, early treatment is key to better recovery.

  2. The summer of 2001 2 days before the vet was scheduled to visit for health certificates I had watched an episode of AQHA covering the effects of EPM.(My husband and I were planning a horse camping trip from StLouis to Colorado.)During that 2 day span I had noticed my beloved retired cutting horse,then age 19, was walking around like he was a gaited horse.Just this slight gait was odd to me and I mentioned it to the vet during his visit. The vet did the few on site tests for balance and foot placement. With out drawing blood or spinal taps, Hoss was diagnosised with EPM. We emmediatly put him on MARQUIS for a month with no declining nor improvement.
    The Marquis killed the protazoa, and saved his life. Hoss has declined some with age(now 26)but his eyes are still bright and his personality has remained the same. He stumbles about but gets around. He gets free roam of the yard and still trots around occationally, for food mostly. His atrophy effected his cheeks, hind 1/4s and his shoulders.
    Honestly THanks to AQHA for airing that episode, I was informed and Hoss is still here. With out that episode, I may have lost him.

  3. I personally think the best treatment for EPM is Bayer Baycox and/or pure Toltrazuril powder. These two treatments will work wonders on almost any horse diagnosed with EPM.

  4. My 5 year old quarter horse gelding developed EPM symptoms of ataxia. Three days before his ataxia was very noticeable he would not take a left lead when before there was never hesitation. He was placed on TMP/SMX for a few days then started on Marquis for a month. He also was placed on vitamin E 5000 iu daily. His recovery was excellent. I would say that he is 95% recovered. Medication treatment is important however rehabilitation is also central to recovery. I got very limited veterinary guidance on rehab. Fortunately I have a medical background and developed a physical therapy training program for him starting about 3 months from initial diagnosis. He is now 5 years out, no recurrences, doing very well. I would encourage greater focus on rehab of horses who have responded well to treatment. I would also like to see the veterinarians put research into rehab for these horses. Treatment is not the only key to a successful outcome.

  5. My horse was tested for EPM several times over the years and the results were always negative. Finally he was diagnosed with EPM in January 2010. He probably contracted the protozoa in 2003 when his symptoms were at their worst. What prognosis is there for a long-chronic case of EPM? The symptoms seems to have come and gone over the years. Lately, his eyesight and sense of small has declined significantly, and muscle wasting has increased. He is on his 2nd month of Marquis, DMSO, and Vit E.

  6. We had a 6 year old paint mare that came down with EPM. Fortunately it was caught very early, we put her on Marquis for a month and she recovered completely. If not for knowing the mare I might have missed the difference in how she walked as she became infected.

  7. In April of 2008, I was on my way out of town and stopped by to see my then 18 year old TWH, Rio. He immediately stumbled out of his stall and almost fell over as I turned him around at the cross ties. In a barn of about 18 horses, he was the only one who came down with EPM. He was totally ataxia,confused and leaned heavily to the left. After several days at the vet, I was feeling conflicted with all the meds I was shoving down his throat. Some research and a few calls later I was in touch with a holistic vet in Ocala,Fl ( we live on the east coast of Fl)We immediately started him an a homeopathic protocol where he recovered completely. What I learned was that after being on daily wormer and getting his shots along with the 3 month wormer rotation- in one day, his natural defenses could not fight off this opportunistic protozoa. All horses carry this, but their immune system must be intact to fight it off. 2 years later, my 20y/o Rio still trail rides, still hauls butt while kicking up his heels like a baby, only gets de-wormer as needed and has homeopathic vaccines which I administer monthly. The only surprise to this vet? was that he recovered so quickly as an older horse should have taken more time. I believe we over de-worm and overly vaccinate our animals and this experience taught me there are other more natural and less invasive ways to treat.

  8. hello, this is willy garza from méxico, i want to tell you my history, i bought a blue roan filly in bonham tx, last year, and at 3 monts after to arrive to méxico she had a problem on her hands and legs, and a mexican vet told me , hey willy this is the fomous laminitis or lamenes, and she will lost her 4 foot, and maybe she can repaced, and he was help me with many methods but never with good results, and then he told me she need to be killed, and i told him if she come alonge she will leave alonge and some day i was talking with a frien (adult ranch worker and he tolme , willy she will be good if you take care of her, no this vet, he don’t have experience in horses and don’t have a goo heart, he just want money, and told me a simple method and she is very good a super sound , he told me go to the meat marker and buy many kidney fatten and the cooked with many garlic clove(tooth) and then put de fatten very hot on her foot for some days and you can see the results and really she is very sound, and the she had new very hard foots(4) and then 4 months later she presentd a problem with her hands (artritis and i went to find the person who told me about this method and i told him the new problem of my blue roan and he asked to me, she can’t walk? yes she can’t walk good she have atrofied her arms and he tol me use the same method but no many hot the fatten and now put on the fatte hot a little quantity of weed( marihuana) and put on her arms and go to rubbed slowly for some days or maybe some week on morning and nights, and if you don’t want to believe, please try to help your horses with this method and you can see the results, thank you and sorry for my english i hope you can understand my english ( good luck and take care with your horses and try to use a little bit of protein or preferently nothing protein on your horses) i allways use fresh farm eggs with natural oat and frech corn(broke) and no more feed on bags of the store , or preferently natural protein alfalfa see you

  9. My paint mare came down with this about 10 years ago. She had swelling in her udder and along her belly. I took her to a horse vet and discovered she had Pidgeon’s Disease or Dryland Distemper. She was pasturing on acreage that had been a pig pen for awhile, and since she loved to scratch her belly on the ground, I believe that’s how she caught it. With treatment, she improved rapidly, but there is still a swelled area on her udder that will never go away. But I’m thankful she is sound. She’s 17 now and just as good as new. I’m glad i took her to a horse vet that knew what he was doing, especially since this wasn’t located on the chest. It pays to use the proper vet for your animals because they have a greater knowledge of the diseases. I’ll never use a regular vet for my horses again.

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