The disease generally presents itself in foals under two years of age, with a fairly slow progression of symptoms. The foal may seem wobbly, they may have an uneven gait, or sometimes nod their head or droop when moving.
As Cerebella Abiotrophy progresses, the symptoms may include:
- Muscle spasms
- Unnatural gait
- Lack of Coordination
There are no treatments to reverse the progression of the disease, as it destroys cells in the Cerebellum, and rebuilding those cells is (at this time) impossible. Often times, the disease will cease progression on it's own. Unfortunately, horses with Cerebella Abiotrophy are unsafe to ride, as their lack of coordination can cause them to fall on a rider. In horses with severe cases, the horse may require euthanasia, as the horse becomes too dangerous to handle.