Ears don't move, even when there is a lot of noise. They mostly stay in a tilted back position. |
Dropped heart rate- a horse's natural pulse should be between 40-60 Beats per minute. If you are suspicious that a horse may be drugged walk up and take the pulse right along the girth line.
Extra salavation from the mouth, even when not worked. A horse will naturally salavate with a bit in their mouth, however, if you notice the St Bernard or Mastiff effect on a horse, steer clear.
Glazed eyes with hardly any blinking.
Dehydration of the skin- a horse normally doped up will not drink or eat properly. Pinch a fatty part of the skin, if it doesn't fold back to normal...you know something is wrong.
Just want to add in, some horses act like some of this normally... I have on out here who, if I was to go by some of these, would be positive for being drugged daily. Lol.
Just be very careful, and, if at all possible, take someone who is able to tell a drugged horse from a naturally relaxed one.
At the sales, we (my friends and I) can almost always pick out the horses that have been drugged from the normal ones, even when some of the 'normal' ones act the way some of the drugged ones are.