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?