McDonald and Dr. Magnesian did a full work up on
Val at UC Davis Vet School. They diagnosed him with
neurological issues and tested him for EPM - a protozoa
infection that can cause those symptoms. They also
took X-rays of a problem area on his neck and found
2 injured vertebrae that may be causing spinal injury.
In the later case he would be a "Wobbler"
- a horse that has injuries causing him to lose
track of and control of his limbs. This is a condition
that is not really amenable to surgery or medication.
It can be very slight or severe.
tests for EPM came back negative. So he is a Wobbler
and cannot be ridden. Val was diagnosed a 3 on a
scale of 1-5 but he has almost no symptoms when
at home and not under stress (such as being trailered
to the vet and spending the day in the hospital).
He may very well live happily for years in the proper
home but it would have to be one that is knowledgeable
or willing to learn about his limitations. A horse
with neurological injuries may not progress at all
or it may be a very fast or slow progression. We
pray that someone might come forward that would
love to have such a fine companion for themselves
or their other horse. He is an excellent horse as
a companion or in a herd. Other horses love him
and according to his foster Mom he is a very calming
such a home cannot be found SAFER will have Valentino
put down within a couple of weeks.
YOU TO ALL WHO CARED ABOUT THIS BOY
SAFER at 707-824-9543 for Valentino