My 4 year old mare just got her spring vaccines on Tuesday. I didn't see her Wednesday, and today she was acting way out of the norm.
Usually she is the hot, spunky chesnut mare that uses everything as an excuse to get excited. Today, she was completely unresponsive to anything. She didn't snort at the pile of poles as usual, and she didn't even flick an ear when grain was dropped. Usually I have to prevent her from over bending and focus on keeping her head lower when I ride, but today she couldn't bend at all- not even a little (she would just cross her hind legs over to get away from the pressure) , and her head wouldn't come up past her withers. I got off 15 minutes after I got on because she was just not feeling right. I was also told that she was very mellow in the field today. Usually she runs around with her buddy and bucks and rears and has fun. Instead of immidiately running up to me in the field and looking for food, she just stayed where she was- not even grazing. She almost fell asleep in the cross ties, when usually she dances like crazy.
She ate and pooped and drank, but something is just not right. Even the barn owner commented about it, and she barely has time to stop and talk, let alone focus on the behaviors of each of the horses. I noticed she had a really runny nose and some eye goop, but it was all clear.
Sunny is also on the SmartPak Ultra Calm supplement. She has been getting this supplement for about 3 weeks and this is the first time I've really noticed a change. I guess it could be the supplement, but I doubt it.
So what do you think? Should I call the vet and let her know that Sunny's sick in case it has something to do with the vaccines, or should I wait a few days and see if she works out of it? The people at the barn think it's her supplement and I'm pretty close to just taking her off that to see if it makes a difference. It's just frustrating because any time we start to make progress in our dressage, we seem to hit another brick wall. I just want my mare and her funny personality back.