I'll start from the beginning.
Esperanza, an 8 year old grey appendix mare(never been bred) has a history of lameness after going into season. We're going to have her ultra sounded to see if maybe her ovaries are giving her trouble, but that's not what this thread is about.
Before recently, my mare was very different. I learned everything I know on her. I went to my first show on her, I jumped my first jump on her, I even fell off of a horse for the first time on her. We've been through a lot, and I'm really worried about her.
Usually, Espy is the leader of the herd. She leads the herd in mass gallops, she's always the first to the food(Loves food), and she's dominant and confident. She's not afraid of anything(except refrigerators and trash.. and beat pulp. And people wearing PJs. But that's beside the point).
So, about 3 months ago, she went into season. She hadn't had much lameness after seasons lately, so I wasn't too worried. When I noticed she was a little off at the trot, I passed it off as her feet being a little long. But once her feet were done, it didn't go away. My vet came and observed that she was standing really wide(like when they colic) and decided it was an internal pain. Since it always seemed to be on one side or the other, he suggested that it might be her ovaries when she goes into season. So now we're waiting for her next season.
Luckily, the lameness faded to nothing. But she wasn't right mentally, and still isn't. She's MUCH more subdued than usual. Sometimes she eats, sometimes she doesn't. She lets other horses chase her away from the first pile of hay. She'll still defend her food from the ponies, but not the horses like she used to. Instead of galloping with the herd, she just stands in the trees.
So, we do have something weird lurking around the property. We're not sure what it is, but it's something. We've lost 4 cats(nothing coyotes couldn't do). But we also lost a goat. There was no evidence except a few clumps of goat hair, and the head had been chewed off and left behind. Creepy, huh?
I suppose she might just be afraid of this predator. Her behavior gets weirder at night, and she does seem like she's more on the look out. But I', still worried.
She had a complete personality change, and I'm afraid she won't go back to normal. It's almost like she's depressed.
Any input at all would be greatly appreciated. Espy is very very important to me, and I'm worried about her.