Shaker Foal Syndrome (botulism). The anti-toxin at that time was around
$1200, and the nearest facility that had it on hand was New Bolten Center
Pa. I lived in Delaware (approx 3 hour ride). I had my filly put down, she
never have made the trip, and if she did she would have been so far gone
chances of survival would have been very slim even with the shot.I watched
filly go from cantering across the pasture ( she fell down and had a hard
getting up, thats when I knew something was desperately wrong) to not
able to get up at all and very labored respiration within a matter of less
than 2 hours.
Everyone with a foal should vaccinate for Botulism, yes it is expensive,
of the time and expense we go to to get them here. Shaker Foal Syndrome is
a type of Botulism that the foal is born with, and usually attacks their
at about 5 weeks of age. The dam of my filly also had Salmonella when she
in foal. The vet told me she was sure that it was nothing I fed her, as
she was very familiar with the quality and types of feed I fed. She told
me the mare could have
picked up bird droppings in the grass. Thats how remote it is to identify
the causes of such illnesses. Botulism is very similar.
There were 3 cases of Botulism in my area that spring, all within about 10
miles radius. One of the cases was my foals 1/2 sister. Wonder if there
was any connection. Could it have been something stemming from the farm
from which these 2 foals were bred and sold from?
Well, hang in there!