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post #1 of 9 Old 12-29-2009, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys I need some help.

My horse is usually the happiest, most easy going but cheerful horse I've ever met. Then about 5 months ago we got a new horse here. Ben{my Fjord} started to get a little depressed. He would stand by himself, when he usually cuddles with my other gelding. He would allow the new horse to pick on him and all that. Then 2 weeks ago we got rid of the new horse and Ben started to cheer up. He ran around the field with Watson{my other gelding}, he would play with Watson and everything.
On Saturday morning I left town for he weekend to see my dad{parents are divorced} and when I came back today he was soooo depressed like. When I went out to feed them he walked slowly up to his bucket and took a lack luster bite of food. Then, when I went to shut the gate and I went to pet him, he completely turned away. Wouldn't look at me and refused to let em pet him. He seemed great when I left! And now he isn't.
My mom also told me that when I was away Ben was moping around, very depressed like. He wouldn't chase Watson away to get the food. The only reason he got it was because Watson left the food pile when he came up. He wasn't fighting for it and he was sad.

I don't know what to do! I'm worried about him. Tomorrow I plan on worming him and I'm going to give him some TLC but help!? Is there anything I can do?
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-29-2009, 12:15 AM
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Sounds like he's sick not depressed. Take his temp and make sure he is pooping right. Horses don't get depressed, that is a human emotion.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-29-2009, 12:16 AM
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It sounds like he wants to be the only man in your life! Lol, he was probably mopey because some new guy was taking all of his attention away. And then you left him! What an insult!

I know my guy is the complete opposite though....if he sees me everyday, he gets this "meh, I could live without you" attitude, and then if I don't go out for three or four days, when I see him he's all like "I missed yoooooooou!!"
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-29-2009, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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I'll check everything tomorrow when I go out and give him his much needed TLC but I think you might be right justsambam08. He seemed okay today health wise, he wasn't shivering and he didn't look sick but he refused to look at me or let me pet him much. He's being a grumpy.
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-29-2009, 12:36 AM
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Horses don't get depressed, that is a human emotion.
You're entirely wrong on that note, my friend. Horses can get depressed. If they aren't given turn-out, if they get bored with their work, if they are abused or neglected, and countless other situations can make a horse depressed. They can feel many emotions in fact, and depression is one of them.


As for your situation, Beau Baby, maybe you can spend a day observing them while they are in the pasture together. Especially during feeding time. Make sure to stay where you aren't bothering/disturbing the two of them, so that they will continue what they normally do. It sounds to me that they are just trying to figure out the new pecking order, (even if the new horse has been moved out) and with that comes knock-downs on a horse's ego, which can make them feel misplaced for a short while. Keep in mind that you may see lots of biting, kicking, and charging, amd that it's completely normal. But if it doesn't stop in a month, you may want to consider seperating them if you can. Have you changed his exercise/feeding routine? Is their variation in his life to keep him stimulated? And definitely look to see if he's sick. De-worming is a great idea, and also check teeth. Look into ulcers as well. If you're stumped, ask a vet. There's countless other causes that could be thought over, but it really sounds to me like just a little leadership confusion, and hopefully they will sort it out.

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post #6 of 9 Old 12-29-2009, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice DressagexLee. I know for a fact though that its not a pecking order thing. They've been together for 8 years and the pecking order is the same as it always has been. Ben is the dominant one. Watson moves out of his way. At feeding time Watson moves when Ben comes over. Its still like that.
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thanks for the advice DressagexLee. I know for a fact though that its not a pecking order thing. They've been together for 8 years and the pecking order is the same as it always has been. Ben is the dominant one. Watson moves out of his way. At feeding time Watson moves when Ben comes over. Its still like that.
Ah yes, now that I've re-read your original post, I see you mentioned that. ^^
Now it sounds even more like he may be ill. I'm not truly sure though, I'd have to meet him in real life to see what's going on. Obviously I can't, so I guess look into the mentioned facts. Or even just give him some time to come around.

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I know my guy is the complete opposite though....if he sees me everyday, he gets this "meh, I could live without you" attitude, and then if I don't go out for three or four days, when I see him he's all like "I missed yoooooooou!!"
haha that's how my mare is!! She pretend she can live without me, but I leave for a DAY and she practically jumps into my lap. Lol

Ya, like everyone else said, maybe just spend some time with just HIM no other horse. :)

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thanks for the advice guys.
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