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For any horse owner, especially one with competitive dreams, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a heart-breaking and devastating diagnosis.


By Liz Cornell She took Baronessa to VirginiaTech’s Marion DuPont


Equine Medical Center in Blacksburg, Virginia where they did a spinal tap on the pregnant mare and diagnosed her with EPM. “Since the Marquis treatment was very new to the market, it still hadn’t been proven with pregnant mares,” Shari continues, “but regardless we began the recommended 28 day treatment on Baronessa. Unfortunately on the 25th day of treatment, she had a bad relapse. So the vet gave her an IV of DMSO and for another month we administered the Marquis at double the dosage. It looked like that did the trick, and to everyone’s relief she was healthy for the rest of her pregnancy and delivered a normal foal.” But Baronessa’s health issues lingered on. Six months


Borjan (aka, “George“)


black mare at the Dressage at Lexington (VA) show. She was being shown in hand and in Materiale classes and was winning everything. After learning about her bloodlines—Day Dream/Rubinstein/Westminster—Shari enthusiastically purchased Baronessa from local dressage trainer Carol Lawrence. Shari began to train Baronessa and took monthly clinics with Olympian Bent Jensen. They showed at Training Level, earning scores in the high 60s and 70s. While Baronessa was still young at age four, Shari decided to breed her to the Hanoverian stallion Davignport, who was being ridden by Bent, and it was during the mare’s early pregnancy in 2002 that she first showed signs of a weak left stifle. “Even though she was pregnant I kept her in work, and my vet and I decided that her weak stifles required hill work. But unfortunately that made her condition worsen and she took a fall, which is when I became very concerned,” Shari remarks.


later, Shari gave Baronessa an Ivermectin dewormer and the mare suddenly showed signs of neurological symptoms, so she switched to the daily Strongid dewormer program which improved her health. “Baronessa’s system is so sensitive. I’ve had to learn to be very, very conservative with her health care. For example, for her vaccinations, I do one at a time per month and pre-treat her with Banamine beforehand. I also give her immune- boosting supplements and rotate the


Right top: Baronessa and her filly Dolcezza born in 2003. Photo by Rita Boehm Bottom: Shari and Baronessa back in the show ring in 2003. Photo courtesy Shari Glickman


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