Atypical Myopathy tends to happen in the Spring and Autumn. This autumn has seen a rise in cases and this is thought to be due to the mild and wet conditions which encourages the toxin to develop (a couple of hard frosts should kill it off). There is no cure and the mortality rate is between 75 – 90%.
Unfortunately Yogi did not make it. Despite have a constant intravenous drip, pain relief and vitamin injections, all muscles throughout his body were attacked causing his heart rate to elevate to 90bpm and his diaphragm weakened so he ended up struggling to breathe. He lasted 40 hours from being diagnosed, however some horses are found dead in the field.
The BHS have done an information leaflet which can be found here. If you suspect a case, please contact your Vet.”
Thank you, Sasha, for sharing this with us at such a difficult and upsetting time.