Yesterday evening I went to the barn for our evening ride. I brought October into the barn, groomed him, and put on his saddle pad and saddle. We go through the same routine every day, and nothing was different. When I went to give him his bit, he was clenching his jaw and did not take his bit as easily as he normally does. I just figured he was being a pain...it had been about a week since we had ridden.
He finally took the bit, and as I was buckling the throat latch his head started to droop like he was falling asleep. I said his name and his head came back up. But then it went down again and his front legs started to buckle...said his name again and back up he came. This happened two more times...all in a matter of about 20 seconds. I walked him out of the barn, and he acted like nothing at all had happened. I lunged him a few times and rode him a little right around the barn and we had no problems at all.
Later the BO informed me that he had been fed right before I got there, and they had a new round bale. Could he have just been stuffed and falling asleep on me? Or do you think this is something more serious?
Thanks in advance!