My boy who is usually a calm, collected, and relaxed man has been going nuts for the past month. It seems to be getting worse and worse! He is a BLM Mustang gelding, UTD on shots, coggins, teeth, floating, and has no pain issues that we can pinpoint. He also has no signs of having an illness. He has been spooking very violently on the ground and under saddle. Which is the first time he has done this in all of the years I have owned him.
Now here's the situation with his surroundings. There are storage units being built 40ft from his corral, and there is a truck stop on the other side. He will take a mouth full of food, then walk a perimeter check around his corral, and repeat. He is eating very slow due to this and seems to almost be eating a bit less. Feed hasn't changed. He is so tense, with his head up that there is no relaxed muscle in his body throughout working him and even grooming sessions.
I have been looking around to see if anyone I know has a game camera that I can borrow, but no luck as of yet.
A fly could land on his rear and he'll spook. ALL of these people could have access to him (there's a 10ft gap in the storage fence and no fence on the other side.) which includes around 20 hispanic and english workers for the units as well as the truckers. He is acting like someone has been beating him, and is so afraid! The whites of his eyes show the majority of the time, and this is VERY rare for him in the past.
I need some suggestions on what to do. I am trying to find another place to board but it might not happen... Could I put him on some kind of relaxation supplement? I am afraid if he keeps up with this he will make himself sick, much less the dangers of me working him at the moment.
I have ask my trainer and she is getting back to me within the next few days.
ANY suggestions are welcome!!