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    04-03-2012, 03:48 PM
  #11
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possibly such as anxiety and depression
Seen these two many times, have a horse on the farm that's suffered from both.
     
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    04-03-2012, 04:25 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
yes they can. Worked with a quarter horse gelding like this, He would be fine, then loose it, then fine again. Definitely a mental issue. I've heared something about horses with lyme disease getting like this.
I used to ride a school pony that had lyme [he was obviously not used by many people because of this!] best pony ever, just when he'd have his episodes you couldn't get near him [literally].

But I thought the same when I first got her because I knew of the pony mentioned above and thought they acted the same, but the tests came back negative but I'm going to be getting her retested when she has her yearly shots just to make sure it really isn't that.



Does anybody know of any vets or vet techs/soon to be vets on here that might know the answer to what's going on with my mare?
     
    04-03-2012, 04:43 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
yes they can. Worked with a quarter horse gelding like this, He would be fine, then loose it, then fine again. Definitely a mental issue. I've heared something about horses with lyme disease getting like this.
Sorry, posted twice!
     
    04-03-2012, 04:48 PM
  #14
Foal
I've also heard of horses that were deprived of oxygen during the birthing process that are just "not right", (obviously there is probably a medical term and condition for this, but i'm not sure of it haha). Do you know the mares history previous to when you bought her?
     
    04-03-2012, 05:04 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LValentina    
I've also heard of horses that were deprived of oxygen during the birthing process that are just "not right", (obviously there is probably a medical term and condition for this, but i'm not sure of it haha). Do you know the mares history previous to when you bought her?
Her owners [that bred her] were...well I don't know how to put it other then snobby-know-everything-know-nothings that didn't get her broke till she was 5yo and mostly just let her sit in a pasture at a fancy boarding stable because they didn't like her color [they wanted a Paint like her dam]. She had hunter/jumper training when I bought her [but she'd never cantered under saddle before ] then they gave her to a friend where she stayed for a few months with a "natural horseman" woman [also my mares sires owner] until she decided to sell her because she wasn't registered Welsh [what she breeds]. I've been talking with the people from the stable where she was boarded at but no one really wants to talk.
     
    04-03-2012, 05:09 PM
  #16
Weanling
I know a horse with a very strange behavior. He was an abused horse when he was rescued. He was very aggressive and would attack anyone. When he was tied if more than 2 persons were in the same room with him he was very stressed and would bite the lead rope, a metal bar near him, anything. He still does this when you are grooming him or when he's nervous. He had a couple of months when he was a saint, he ended his aggressive behavior. After some time he started again to be as aggressive as he was.
Now only his trainer can work with him. Sometimes he is calm and very obedient and next day he could try to kill his trainer. He does this for over an year now. He is with the same trainer, under the same training and under the same methods as always. Can't understand why sometimes he is obedient and sweet and after a moment he tries to kill someone. You can be near him, grooming him as always, praising him etc and suddenly he freaks out, squeals and then attack you. After the incident he is back to his normal self as nothing happened.

He can be just an aggressive horse or he can have some mental problems.
     
    04-03-2012, 05:35 PM
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For the op, I wonder if she is deficient in some mineral?
     
    04-03-2012, 10:30 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
for the op, I wonder if she is deficient in some mineral?
I've had all kinds of tests done on her and everything comes back normal. I even checked if she might be pregnant because over the summer she started getting rounder, and a little moody. And since her old owner had two stallions on her property [one was a coming 2yo, the other her sire] you never know.
     
    04-04-2012, 12:31 AM
  #19
Foal
My friend had a gorgeous paint filly that she bred and raised. This filly had something wrong with her mentally. She would act similar to the abused horse describe above as she would be standing there meek and mild most days and then suddenly have teeth or hooves coming at you with no warning at all. She was handled the same as any of my friends horses and was not the first difficult horse or first baby my friend had owned/bred and trained. She was assessed and tested by 3 separate vets as well as 3 different trainers and all came back with "she's just got a screw loose". They ended up putting her down as she was a danger to herself, other animals and people.
     
    04-04-2012, 12:40 AM
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