Horse Behaving Oddly - Please Help! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 6
• Horses: 0
Horse Behaving Oddly - Please Help!

I have an almost four-year old AQHA gelding that we bred, sold, and reacquired in August because he wasn't doing well. With the help of expert, caring re-habbers, vets, and farriers, he is back on track physically and looks better than ever. Aside from special trimming and shoeing, he has no special needs. This horse has always been extraordinarily calm, friendly, and kind, often referred to as an "old soul". He loves cookies, food and attention. He is staying, and being worked at the re-hab facility until we find the right home for him.

Twice now, he has exhibited a set of symptoms that are completely inconsistent with his normal personality and behavior. He won't come up to the fence for pets or cookies - seems scared - and won't raise his head higher than about two feet from the ground, even to retrieve cookies from his feeder. He is not jumpy or extra-energetic, just very apprehensive. After it first happened two weeks ago, the manager of the facility took his vital signs, walked/trotted him around, and generally checked him out. During this time he acted completely normal and they did not observe any more symptoms until I experienced them today. The symptoms seem to appear and disappear quickly.

Someone asked if there is HYPP in his background. There is not. There is nothing we know about either his dam (who we've owned for eight years) or his sire, a well-known and very successful show horse/stud to suggest that would be a genetic/breeding issue.

Does anyone have any insights or suggestions to offer? Whatever light you can shed would be much appreciated.
Jamcats is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 07:09 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 1,356
• Horses: 2
Wow.. Weird. I was also thinking something neurological.. Does he seem in pain when he lifts his neck? does it look stiff?
palominolover is offline  
post #3 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 07:26 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olds, AB Canada
Posts: 2,749
• Horses: 2
I'm thinking it might be something psycological? Was he abused? Someone to rough with him? He could just be remembering some kind of harsh treatment.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
Ray MacDonald is offline  
post #4 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 07:36 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 1,356
• Horses: 2
Now that you said that Ray, that sounds very plausible. I think I'll change my answer to that :).
palominolover is offline  
post #5 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 07:53 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5,332
• Horses: 1
Colic? Horses don't always show colic symptoms in the ways we'd expect.
DancingArabian is offline  
post #6 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 08:11 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 6,051
• Horses: 0
The 1st thing I would do is get him a chiropractor
flytobecat likes this.
churumbeque is offline  
post #7 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 09:35 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 440
• Horses: 0
How is his vision?
Posted via Mobile Device
dirtroadangel is offline  
post #8 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 10:31 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Minnesota, USA
Posts: 406
• Horses: 1
Is he stretching his neck, coughing, or looking uncomfortable at all?
DraftXDressage is offline  
post #9 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 6
• Horses: 0
Thank you!

Thanks for your replies! Abuse is not a possibility. This horse was not managed very well in the recent past, but he was loved. Earlier, he was with a trusted friend and trainer, and currently he is receiving excellent care. I think the chiro will be the next step. Appreciate your feedback! Julie
Jamcats is offline  
post #10 of 24 Old 03-23-2012, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 6
• Horses: 0
Answers to Questions

He isn't coughing, aor doing anything with his neck to indicate discomfort, except that he doesn't seem to want to raise it. He's not trying and then showing pain, he just isn't raising it.
Colic occurred to me as well, but when he showed symptoms two weeks ago, he snapped out of it right away and never did anything colicky. He doesn't seem particularly distressed, but if you know this horse, you know this behavior is very odd. Thanks, Julie
Jamcats is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
One oddly shaped free donkey christabelle Horse Health 22 12-01-2011 01:05 AM
Pony behaving strangely... songbird Horse Training 6 07-10-2011 04:03 AM
Sides jutting out near the flank oddly? Mocha26 Horse Health 19 03-30-2011 04:36 PM
Well, hes seems to behaving much better at the moment KaylaOscer1994 Horse Talk 6 10-10-2009 09:29 PM
Behaving on an Internet forum Spyder General Off Topic Discussion 13 11-25-2008 04:03 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome