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        04-25-2012, 11:24 PM
      #41
    Weanling
    When I get on a computer, I will tell everyone about my boy Mason (RIP). He was thought to be brain damaged, and I had to ride him and handle him very carefully. We got banned from a barn once due to a staff member not listening to my warnings. He was beyond weird, and taught me so much about life. He is also the reason why I have the ability to retrain problem horses.
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        04-26-2012, 08:23 PM
      #42
    Weanling
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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.
    I don't own a horse with seizures but I know it does happen. We had a girl boarding her horses at our place before. Her mare also never seemed quite right. Although, she did have a slight dent in her head, which we believe is from getting kicked when younger and she also cribbed.

    She was pastures with another mare who I kind of felt bad for because the mental mare would never leave her alone and displayed odd behavior. She was always glued to the other horse. We constantly found mane and tail hair in her cribbing collar cause she always had to be touching the other horse.

    One day I noticed her running around violently through the field. Circling and circling like she was a racehorse. She eventually stopped and glued herself to the other mare again so I thought nothing of it. I left and came back a few hours later and noticed her laying down but sitting up. Once again I thought nothing of it. I looked a little closer and noticed she was moving funny and was covered in about a billion flies. When I went over I noticed her eyes moving around rapidly, making funny noises and weird twitches. Tried to get her up but she wouldn't. That's when I knew something was wring and she was seizuring.

    Got the vet out and she eventually got up. Walking around drunk and almost falling over. It was very weird looking into her eyes because you could tell nothing was there. She just mindlessly walked around the pasture, and was very sensitive to everything. Normally was easy to catch but we couldnt get her. We have a large irrigation ditch that we thought she was going to fall in but we were able to push her away from it ourselves which was pretty scary. She bounced off the fence a few times too and cut herself up pretty badly. Vet poked her with a knife in very sensitive places with no response.

    We think she had an aneurism of some sort. Very hard to watch. She was put down when we finally caught her. That's my experience so far with horse seizures.

    On the other hand, we have what we think is a bipolar mustang at our place. You can do the most random things and he'll turn aggressive. Like one day I was jumping up and down just outside the fence and he immediately pinned his ears and pawed in an aggressive way. His owners did tell me he was abused by his first owners. He can only be ridden English as he turns aggressive when he even sees a western saddle.
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        04-27-2012, 02:12 PM
      #43
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Bridgertrot    
    I don't own a horse with seizures but I know it does happen. We had a girl boarding her horses at our place before. Her mare also never seemed quite right. Although, she did have a slight dent in her head, which we believe is from getting kicked when younger and she also cribbed.

    She was pastures with another mare who I kind of felt bad for because the mental mare would never leave her alone and displayed odd behavior. She was always glued to the other horse. We constantly found mane and tail hair in her cribbing collar cause she always had to be touching the other horse.

    One day I noticed her running around violently through the field. Circling and circling like she was a racehorse. She eventually stopped and glued herself to the other mare again so I thought nothing of it. I left and came back a few hours later and noticed her laying down but sitting up. Once again I thought nothing of it. I looked a little closer and noticed she was moving funny and was covered in about a billion flies. When I went over I noticed her eyes moving around rapidly, making funny noises and weird twitches. Tried to get her up but she wouldn't. That's when I knew something was wring and she was seizuring.

    Got the vet out and she eventually got up. Walking around drunk and almost falling over. It was very weird looking into her eyes because you could tell nothing was there. She just mindlessly walked around the pasture, and was very sensitive to everything. Normally was easy to catch but we couldnt get her. We have a large irrigation ditch that we thought she was going to fall in but we were able to push her away from it ourselves which was pretty scary. She bounced off the fence a few times too and cut herself up pretty badly. Vet poked her with a knife in very sensitive places with no response.

    We think she had an aneurism of some sort. Very hard to watch. She was put down when we finally caught her. That's my experience so far with horse seizures.

    On the other hand, we have what we think is a bipolar mustang at our place. You can do the most random things and he'll turn aggressive. Like one day I was jumping up and down just outside the fence and he immediately pinned his ears and pawed in an aggressive way. His owners did tell me he was abused by his first owners. He can only be ridden English as he turns aggressive when he even sees a western saddle.
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    I've never really watched my mares eyes when she has her moments, but I don't think her eyes twitch like that?

    I would freak out if that happened to one of my horses, I don't think I could deal with seeing that.
         
        04-27-2012, 04:27 PM
      #44
    Weanling
    Yeah it was pretty rough on me. And her eyes were definitely twitching. I'm sure there are different symptoms with different seizures. Part of me wonders if she would have come out if it eventually. But it had been quite a long time before we could catch her. And quite honestly...the best way to describe her was that she just looked soulless...walking around mechanically. I even brought that up with the vet and he said he believed I was correct and that she was already mentally dead and her body was running on pure instinct and adrenaline.
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