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post #21 of 44 Old 04-04-2012, 01:04 AM
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Anxiety and depression are DEFINITELY conditions I have personally seen in horses before. My mare has been miserable since losing her gelding friend over a year ago. Whilst she copes with day to day actions, she is dull and yearns for other horsey socialising. We have two other horses on the property that "roam" and visit her from time to time, at least two times a week... and she goes back to normal, but when they leave her, she becomes depressed again. Financially I haven't been able to afford a second horse for her as company, but have recently looked into this for her.

As for anxiety, my gelding (that I sold) suffered from it. He was very sensitive to change. Even if you shifted the water tubs five inches from where they had just been, he'd refuse to drink for hours on end, snort fire at them, run up to them, then realise they still weren't where they had been, freak out, run away over and over until he finally accepted this. He did it with many other things too, except in the saddle - what a relief! He was an apprentice drivers horse (ex racing Standardbred) for 7yrs before I got him, so he had wound himself up and windsucked - though he never latch onto anything, simply twisted his lip to the side and sucked in air whenever he felt uncomfortable. He was healthy as apart from this issue (which had affected his teeth and thus he needed to live on longer grass and supplemented feeding). The anxiety episodes did slow down the longer I owned him, as he became accustomed to having one solid person in his life. But he still did suffer over the most random things... one thing I disliked was rugging him... he'd make SUCH a fuss on some days, on others not even a blink in recognition. Horses eh?!

I'm interested to see what comes of this interesting topic and to the OP, I hope you can get an answer soon... I'm sure it can be very frustrating and worrisome!


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post #22 of 44 Old 04-04-2012, 01:37 AM
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I have an OTTB with a few unique issues. Anxiety is the main one. Right now I've got him on a supplement called calm and cool by Riva's Remedies. We seem to be having some success with it. He has many other special accommodations as well in order to prevent him from hurting himself or me. He's a great athletic horse with a few unusual reactions.

Also I recently watched the documentary Buck. They had a stallion that had been absolutely ruined by some lady. The lady said that the horse had been cut off from getting air for a while at birth.
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post #23 of 44 Old 04-04-2012, 03:06 AM
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I'd be tempted to get every full examination that you can first to rule out any cause of pain. Horses can often be seen to react as if they're trying to 'run away' from pain.

After that... I don't really know. Maybe try some join up? Be her leader and build her trust in you. Hopefully she'll eventually accept that she's safe with you. X
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post #24 of 44 Old 04-04-2012, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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I'd be tempted to get every full examination that you can first to rule out any cause of pain. Horses can often be seen to react as if they're trying to 'run away' from pain.

After that... I don't really know. Maybe try some join up? Be her leader and build her trust in you. Hopefully she'll eventually accept that she's safe with you. X
As I stated before, I've gotten every possible test done [vitamin deficiency to physical pain/problems] and they've all come back normal.

She trusts me 100%, will do anything I ask her, fallow me anywhere. We've do join up all the time and everything.

All you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, and I promise something good will come out of it
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post #25 of 44 Old 04-04-2012, 10:03 AM
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I used to work with disabled childeren. She sounds almost like the kids who have small "silent" seizures. Suddenly they don't know where they are and some lash out.

Either its something mental or she has an unpredictable streak. Knew a thoroughbred mare that was really unpredictable, she would throw fits, check out mentally and run through things, break lead ropes, etc. It was a combination of being really mentally immature(she could not deal with being trained, did not handle extra stress well) and an old injury in her hip making her uncomfortable. Gave her some extra time, backed up her training, got her hip treated to releive the discomfort, and she has become a fantastic horse to ride. With her she would be stressed and uncomfortable,but she would still work without much fuss for the trainer, seemed normal, there wouldn't be much warning before she hit the point where she went crazy.
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i used to work with disabled childeren. She sounds almost like the kids who have small "silent" seizures. Suddenly they don't know where they are and some lash out.

Either its something mental or she has an unpredictable streak. Knew a thoroughbred mare that was really unpredictable, she would throw fits, check out mentally and run through things, break lead ropes, etc. It was a combination of being really mentally immature(she could not deal with being trained, did not handle extra stress well) and an old injury in her hip making her uncomfortable. Gave her some extra time, backed up her training, got her hip treated to releive the discomfort, and she has become a fantastic horse to ride. With her she would be stressed and uncomfortable,but she would still work without much fuss for the trainer, seemed normal, there wouldn't be much warning before she hit the point where she went crazy.
I'll get her re-checked for seizures too [already getting retested for lyme].

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post #27 of 44 Old 04-24-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I've been speaking with my mares original owner [the one that bred her/owner of her dam] and she said she was never "quite right" and would do the same thing I'm describing when she was younger. She too thought it was just her being young and spooky, but also said she too thought she might have been/be having seizures.
Even if she isn't having seizures and we never really find out what's wrong with her it makes me feel better knowing it's nothing I've done.

Also, does anyone on here have a horse that has seizures? And does anybody think this could be caused by oxygen deprivation when she was being born? I just thought of that today because I remembered the "Buck Stallion" and the women claimed that the colt was deprived of air when he was being born which cause his neurological problems.

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One winter my stud horse just did not look as good as normal.

Not the gloss he had......he was 14 and retired.

No more horse shows, I never bred many mares with him.

I had the vet tube de-worm him...that is they way I always de-wormed by horses.

We decided if he did not start straiting up the vet would take some blood.

The horse was 15.3 hands and 1300 pounds...at least.

He has won many big western pleasure classes.

I put him out for exercise.

When I called him he had an awful look on his face....that is all I remember.

He went right through three wide 2" boards.

I put my arm over my face...he bit me under the arm...then shook and drug me though the field.

A guy saw it from the road and ran into the field.

The horse let go.....I got 3500 stitches and a few days in intensive care.

When the horse was put down about a month later, it was found he had a brain tumor.

This was the only time the horse bit but, after that day he was never right.

He would for no known reason just flip over bacwards in his stall.
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Good greif Ripper! That's crazy.
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Good greif Ripper! That's crazy.
Yes, it is.

He had a huge tumor pressing on his brain.
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