So here’s the scoop.
As you know, we have been having issues with Apache’s health. He has been seen by several specialists who have kindly donated their time to evaluate him. He has had unexplainable back pain that was temporarily cured with one remedy, but has come back somewhat since then – though it is definitely improved from his worst point. He has had blood tests, which all came back normal. He has had acupressure, chiropractic, saddle checks, bowen therapy, vet checks, etc. with only slight improvement. But it has come to our belief, as well as some of our advisers, that Apache has Lyme Disease.
If you google Lyme Disease online and spend ridiculous amounts of time researching as I have done, you will learn that blood tests for Lyme Disease are often inaccurate due to the way the virus coats itself to appear to be a normal part of the blood – therefore it is often overlooked. When it is not easily detectable, antibiotics often will not work to completely get rid of the disease. The symptoms of Lyme Disease in horses are hard to detect and often are not present. But I read on a few different websites concerning the disease in horses that some horses exhibit an ultra sensitivity to touch- as in they flinch away at even a gentle touch, they often act achy all over, they have swollen glands, they become irritable, have a lack of energy, and they either have shifting lameness or they walk like they are on eggshells. Apache is not lame, but the rest of the list describes him perfectly. He is also the only horse we have that came from back East where Lyme Disease is unfortunately, quite common. My mom’s horse had Lyme Disease a couple years ago, and Apache is acting very similar to what she described in her horse. We have listened to the advice of two homeopathic practitioners who work with horses, and both agree that he has Lyme Disease; and that is what my gut tells me as well. We have had great success in the past with using homeopathic sources. For example, Richard was extremely and inexplicably ill a few years ago, but all his blood tests showed that he was healthy. After consulting many doctors unsuccessfully, we chose to seek the advice of homeopathic practitioners who were able to detect a bacteria and parasite issue in his blood, which was quickly cured by
all natural means, restoring Richard to health. Since traditional methods have not determined Apache’s problem, we are once again taking the advice of the homeopathic practitioners and will be treating Apache for Lyme Disease.
So what’s next? Right now, it’s hurry up and wait. God has given us a most gracious family to spend some time with. They are aware of this complication and have invited us to stay as long as needed to get Apache fixed. Since the medicine is specialized, it had to be mail ordered and will arrive in a couple days. Then for the first week or so of treatment, Apache needs to rest, as the initial shock to the virus will be hard on his body. Once he starts to show signs of improvement for a few days, we can then continue moving down the trail at a slow pace until Apache’s energy and comfort return. During that time, Richard and I will take turns riding his horse and just let Apache carry his saddle so he doesn’t have to work very hard.
In the meantime, we’d be grateful for your prayers for a speedy and complete recovery for Apache, as well as blessings on the May family for their generosity. Hopefully, we will be back on the trail heading East before you know it!