I think Something is very wrong, Cinny is going berzerk!

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    04-23-2011, 07:13 PM
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Unhappy I think Something is very wrong, Cinny is going berzerk!

Starting yesterday, something seems really "off" with Cinny. It's almost like somebody went in and rewired his brain!!

Normally he is very energetic, happy, friendly. He loves to lay down and doze in his stall. He likes even more when barn friends share treats and say hello to him. He is a barn favorite known for his gentle and calm behavior while relaxing in his stall.

The past 24 hours have almost been a nightmare. Yesterday we had an absolutely terrible ride. Cinny had no attention span at all and clearly wanted to do nothing but race around the arena at breakneck speed. It was a scary ride so I just got off and turned him out where he ran and acted crazy for an hour. I cooled him out and put him away when I thought he had finally exhausted himself and just chalked it up to an "off" day. According to the barn owner Cinny started going absolutely NUTS last night around 6pm. Rearing, pawing at his dutch door, trying to jump out, whirling around in circles, pawing more, rearing more. They opened the dutch door so he could go in and out of his neighbor's run (they shut in the neighbor horse) for the night because they were afraid he was going to hurt himself. The exact words of the BO were "It was as if there was a ghost in Cinny's stall scaring the heck out of him."

This morning I found him outside looking off in the distance, his pellet feed "Strategy" was gone but his hay remained untouched. My friend was there and said that she tried to give him some of his favorite goodies and he actually shied away from her. My daughter was able to get him out with no problem however he absolutely would not stand in the cross ties, also very unlike him. He pranced, moved his rear side to side, pawed the ground and was behaving very nervous in general. They were cutting down an old pine outside the barn so I figured it was just the chainsaws and the little bobcat.

We lunged and I rode but he clearly was NOT himself, more like a keg of dynamite ready to explode. They stopped with the tree and I continued to try to ride it out and get his mind on some exercises, usually the "needlework" exercise really gets his mind on his work, but not today. He eventually settled down, worked decently and then I groomed and put him away. Gave him his Strategy and his hay (brome mix) and he happily munched. I went out to help my friend bring her gear in from a show and when I went back in the barn Cinny was going absolutely nuts again! He wasn't eating, just whirling around, pawing at the door and snorting. They had stopped with the tree at least an hour and a half before this so I don't think it was the tree cutting causing it anymore.

Has anyone experienced this before? Does anybody know what could suddenly be causing this crazy behavior? He gets 2 flakes brome/grass hay in the am and pm as well as a scoop or so of Purina Strategy...about half what the package says for full feeding since he doesn't get just that. He has been fed this way for a whole year with no issue so I am doubting that it is his feed. He is up to date on shots, and hasn't had any changes in his daily routine with the exception of a new shock absorbent saddle pad. No new handlers, and I haven't let him out to graze yet this year so he hasn't gotten hold of anything weird in the pasture. I'm going nuts trying to figure it out. Any guesses or ideas out there?
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    04-23-2011, 07:18 PM
Green Broke
Wow, that's alarming!

Sudden behavior changes make me think of something neurological. Maybe something he ate in his hay --a weed of some sort-- is causing this. Something he ate; poison, paint...?
    04-23-2011, 07:28 PM
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I'm not sure how he would have gotten hold of anything. He is in a box stall and isn't really exposed to anything except what people purposely give him. There is no paint in the barn or other toxins, the BO is really super picky about what is brought in to the barn, we even have to stay away from fly sprays not on his "approved" list as he has many barn cats and barn dogs that go in and out of the barn freely. I just got back from looking through my hay ( I personally pick out and buy my own hay) and couldn't find anything out of the ordinary. It's from the same person I always buy from, and is the same batch out of the same field that he has always been fed from. She is an organic grower so I know she doesn't use any chemicals or weird stuff to grow it. This is just really really odd.
    04-23-2011, 07:37 PM
Green Broke
This hasn't been happening to any other horses around him? Has he been acting up before this, or did he just suddenly snap? Have you changed ANYTHING involving his care? Even the slightest thing?

Also, has anyone new been at your barn?
    04-23-2011, 07:44 PM
I've no clue, since he's been stable for a year on the same routine with the same people. However, I want to extend my sympathy to you for being in such a distressful situation. Nothing's worse than not being able to help a horse because you don't know what's wrong!

The thought crossed my mind that he might be tuned into the severe weather devastation that's occurred across the land, with many horses suffering/dying? I don't know how far you are from any of it? I hope that's NOT it, because you can't do anything about it!
    04-23-2011, 07:55 PM
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I can't think of any changes and it was pretty much just a sudden snap. We've been at this barn since February. None of the horses are acting out of the normal except for his neighbor, a TB that has recently been inclosed because of a foot injury. This horse has always been his neighbor, but normally he has a run he can go in and out of, but he's inclosed into the box stall portion of his stall for now. The TB is being pretty mellow which is unusual because he is normally a nut case.

I'm in Nebraska, not sure where the storms are.
    04-23-2011, 07:58 PM
I will add what I think to this. Is it possible for some one else to come in and abuse the horses? One of my mothers friends had this problem. The horse acted about the same way. The owners son had come in and taken his anger out on one of the horses. Is it possible for anything like this to happen ?
    04-23-2011, 08:17 PM
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I guess it is a possibility, but I highly doubt it. When he first snapped last night the barn was full of people and things going on. Cinny's stall is in the middle of the barn with the tack lockers and cross ties across the isle from him. If someone did something I am sure everyone grooming etc would have seen it. From what I understand and was told by 5 different people he just suddenly started going nuts out of nowhere. Almost like a bee sting or something only he kept on for over an hour until the BO finally opened the door to the run.

There are two families that live on site. But I guess someone could be sneaking on at night, bit why would it only be Cin they would mess with and not others closer to the door?

I'm just hoping his brain isn't permanently snapped.
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    04-23-2011, 08:23 PM
Green Broke
I would have a vet come out and look at him just in case. Like Brighteyes said it sounds like it might be something he ate or there might be something else going on you aren''t noticing. Check his mouth really good. He might have got something lodged in the back or have sore or something.
    04-23-2011, 08:55 PM
Hmmm it might sound crazy but horses are very sensative animals if his neighbor is acting opposite of usual there could be some connection.
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