(Enzootic Ataxia)

Congenital locomotor ataxia of lambs, thought to be associated with copper deficiency. It is characterized clinically by progressive incoordination of the hind limbs and pathologically by disruption of neuron and myelin development in the central nervous system. It is caused by a deficiency of metabolizable copper in the ewe during the last half of her pregnancy. (Dorland, 28th ed; Stedman, 26th ed)


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<b>Sway-back</b> posture.
Sway-back posture.

A <b>Sway back</b> posture can be
A Sway back posture can be

Normal Horse, <b>Swayback</b> Horse
Normal Horse, Swayback Horse

<b>Swayback</b> Figure 6.
Swayback Figure 6.

back and head against a
back and head against a

<b>Swayback</b> or fatigue posture
Swayback or fatigue posture

with <b>sway back</b> posture,
with sway back posture,

A <b>sway back</b> posture leads to
A sway back posture leads to

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