Hi Everyone, Was referred to this board by a breeder friend. For 15 yr, bred horses, they lived at Dads for thier gestation, never any real problems. Then moved them to my place and every year, problems: one year, hypothiroid colt, one year, colt needed plasma, 2500.00 but made it, another year, colt(different breeding), also needed plasma, then had a mare have one a year and a half ago, and it was a hard delivery, and the foal died, so when I pulled it out of the corral, looked dysmature(pliable lil ears, soft hair coat) its front legs kinda snapped backwards at her knees, and I did snap them back)Also had a filly born the same way, looking dysmature, but I helped her eat for the first 12 hrs, then she could eat on her own. At a year and a half, this fillys growth plates became crushed (like a windswept baby), and she is 3 now, and getting progressivley worse! No vets have been able to help eliminate my troubles, and I got my water tested....very high Salinity and Sulfate! Does anyone know if they could be linked?
Thanks so much everyone, looking forward to hearing replies, Vicki in Western Canada
Hi Vicki, gosh I haven't heard of such goings on. It sounds like you've got a huge problem over there! I'm not sure if the high Salinity and Sulfate could cause these problems or not. Did you ask your vet or extension office? I checked the internet and everything I saw was related to pond water. It says too much of that in pond water is bad for animals, but it didn't say a thing about pasture ground.
I'm sorry I'm not much help. Jos would be better able to answer this, I'm sure.
You might want to contact the Western College of Veterinary Medicine who have done research into congenital hypothyroidism. As that appears to be the region in which you are located, they may well have some valuable input.
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