My neighbors host a 4th of July party every year with large fireworks. The fireworks spook and scare my horses. What can I do to help calm my horses?
As with any disease, prevention is worth a pound of cure. With equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), this would be the best objective since not only is it difficult to identify that a horse has EPM in the early stages, but also because even with aggressive treatment, lingering neurologic deficits can remain.
Neurologic diseases can often be difficult to identify in their early stages unless you know some things to look for. One disease that presents with a variety of abnormal neurologic signs is caused by one or two protozoan organisms, and is referred to as equine protozoal myelitis (EPM).
Veterinarians and public health experts urge owners to protect their horses by reducing mosquito populations and possible breeding areas.