Ben and Ramsey are both doing better. They are still on pain meds and antibiotics, but they both are acting nearly like their normal selves.
On Friday, I finally started Ben on a course of steroids. I am not a fan of steroids and I procrastinated about this, but they do have their place and they do seem to be making Ben feel better. He even broke into a voluntary trot today. I have cut out all NSAIDs for him and I am slowly lowering the dose of the gabapentin. He has another ten days of antibiotics and I hope to have tapered all of his meds off by the time they end. Then, we will see where we really stand.
Ramsey feels well enough to be running around and trying to boss Ben about. Ben feels well enough to blow him off. Poor Ramsey is still a very frustrated thwarted tyrant.
I don't think I will ever know what caused all this, but I am still convinced that it is a tick borne disease. I am even more convinced today because this morning, I got an email from a friend in New Hampshire - she has a mule who just presented with the same symptoms. What else could it be?