I posted in this section when my horse seemed a little colicy several weeks ago. We felt that there was a chance she had lyme disease but had to wait to do the test. She got better and things were ok.
Well within the past two weeks I have pulled probably about 6 deer ticks off her and she started to act weird again. We had the vet out to take some blood, but we got the results today, and they say it's definitely not lyme disease.
I'm going to ride her tomorrow to see if she is doing any better, but I doubt it, because she was acting weird yesterday. If she isn't doing well, I'm going to ride Monday and the vet will be there to watch me ride her.
I now have no idea what's wrong with her, so even though the vet will probably end up coming out again I was looking to see if anyone had any ideas what may be wrong with her.
Here is all the info:
Even though it has been a while, one thing that may be something to keep in mind is we moved to this barn two months ago. I am a junior in college and decided to move her closer to me this year. She had been at the same barn for almost all her life before that.
The first time she wasn't feeling well she seemed a little colicy; wasn't eating her food really, wasn't drinking a lot of water, laying down, slight fever at one point, etc. But she bounced back from that.
This time hasn't been that bad. She just hasn't been acting herself; definitely a change in behavior.
The last time I tried to ride, she wouldn't go one way around the ring. We would be going along the rail and she would turn to the outside and absolutely not let me turn her back; she would threaten to rear. I got off eventually and went up to my trainer and asked if she could watch her. Well when I tried to get back on and go into the ring my trainer was in, she was NOT having it, she just kept trying to turn around and go back to the barn; threatening to rear again.
My instructor had the idea that she may be getting ring sour so I should go walk/trot her around the 1/4 mile track we have. Tried that; wouldn't walk forward at all; threatening to rear again; we just kept going in circles.
At one point I thought she may be getting tired of working. Over the summer, I only rode her once or twice a week and now that I'm at school I'm giving her a good work out about 3 times a week, and usually one day of some light lunging. However, she just doesn't seem like herself.
I hope I got everything. Any ideas are greatly appreciated! And sorry for the short novel!
Thanks so much