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This condition affects grazing horses and is linked to the toxins that are present in sycamore seeds which fall in the Autumn and seedlings which grow in the Spring. It is seen typically after periods of wet and windy or cold weather.
The disease has been mainly recorded in younger individuals but Bourton Vale have seen cases of horses in their teens.
Symptoms of the disease need to be recognised quickly and veterinary attention should be sought immediately to help achieve the best possible chance of recovery. Chances of survival are 50:50, but this decreases with time, so early treatment is essential.
If you suspect your horse has eaten sycamore seeds or seedlings seek veterinary advice immediately. Early signs include horses appearing dull, weak and/or lethargic, with many horses lying down and not being able to get up. The horse may also be seen to pass dark red urine, which is due to excretion of pigments from the damaged muscles. The horse may also show signs of difficulty in swallowing. In all cases you must call a vet immediately.
To help prevent your horse from getting atypical myopathy, the horse must be stopped from eating the seeds and seedlings of the sycamore tree. Ways to help stop them eating the seeds are:
Treatment for a suspected atypical myopathy case starts with removing the horse from the grazing and getting it assessed by a vet as soon as possible.
Bourton Vale hosted a client evening at the Adlestrop Village Hall on Wednesday 1st Novewmber. The evening was kindly sponsored by Boehringer Ingleheim and was a huge success; allowing attendees to meet the new members of our team and have an introduction to a variety of topics.