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        03-18-2008, 09:13 PM
      #11
    Banned
    Does she get grain? Sonny goes crazy if he gets grain. He just gets hay and a handful of grain maybe twice a week as a reward.
         
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        03-18-2008, 10:14 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Yes she gets grain. Been getting grained for the full 1 1/2 years she's been there. They have reduced her feed from 1 1/2 scoops down to one. So I really can't say it's because of the grain. I'm thinking there is something else going on. The BO has mentioned something to be about her behavior and she can't explain it, and she's up there all the time.
         
        03-18-2008, 10:16 PM
      #13
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    Did you buy her from the BO or someone else? If from someone else, ask the BO how she acted before you bought her. Ask other boarders that have been there for a while. Maybe she waws drugged....only idea at the moment that comes into my head
         
        03-18-2008, 10:26 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I got her from the BO and she acted fine before. She would walk to and from her paddock and everything. She was fine for like a couple of months before she started acting all goofy. I highly doubt she was drugged. After my lesson there, we looked at their horses, so there was no way to tell what horse I wanted. Even when I rode Vega she was running through the bit (she was in a snaffle, but they rode her in a kimberwicke) I have since switched her to a myler bit.

    I noticed her change towards the end of summer beginning of fall and it just hasn't stopped.
         
        03-18-2008, 10:30 PM
      #15
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    Originally Posted by appylover31803
    I got her from the BO and she acted fine before. She would walk to and from her paddock and everything. She was fine for like a couple of months before she started acting all goofy. I highly doubt she was drugged. After my lesson there, we looked at their horses, so there was no way to tell what horse I wanted. Even when I rode Vega she was running through the bit (she was in a snaffle, but they rode her in a kimberwicke) I have since switched her to a myler bit.

    I noticed her change towards the end of summer beginning of fall and it just hasn't stopped.
    hmm...strange.

    Are you going anything differently than what you used to before she started acting up?
    I'd talk to the BO, and ask what she suggests.
    Have you checked her for any pain? She could be acting up due to just walking hurts her....maybe haha

    I'm totally stumped on this one
         
        03-18-2008, 10:41 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Yeahh, you're not the only one. Lol

    I would talk to my BO but they're the type of people that would rather wait to do anything than act on it now, even if I, the owner, wants a vet out there.

    I kinda had to pull an arm and a leg to get the vet out there to see my other horse.

    I can't really see anything hurting her. She's the type that will let me know. If I touch her somewhere and it hurts, she'll do anything in her power to let me know ( I know because she has scratches last year and that was very painful)

    That's why I want to know if those calming supplements work, because i'll order those and start her on them.

    Maybe i'll call the vet that saw Gem and ask him to look at Vega. It's just that we can't exactly handler a $1,000+ vet bill again
         
        03-18-2008, 11:34 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Wow! You do have a predicament don't you :)

    Based on a horse I had a few years ago I would venture to say that being stalled may possibly be a problem. When I was working at the equestrian centre I was riding this tb called taco. He was stalled every night and a lot of days because he could not have rugs on and the nights got down to about -4C and the days hovered around 10C. When I started riding him he had been stalled like this ever since he got there which had been about 14 months.

    One morning I went to bring him to the arena and he was all sweaty and on edge. He backed himself into a corner and snorted when I went in and then pushed past me and bolted out of the barn. I went and got him and saddled him up and had my lesson and he was so naughty it was like someone had switched him with another horse.

    He got worse and worse until one day he reared at me when I was trying to put him in his stall.

    We decided to look back over the surveillance tapes for the last month (this was a verrrrrry expensive establishment and they had thought of everything right down to camera surveillance to protect some of the highly expensive horses there). It took me a long time to watch them all but nothing out of the ordinary happened.

    Someone made the suggestion that he was annoyed with being in the stall. I thought that couldnt be possible because he had been in there for ages with no problems. I was sure something had happened in his stall to make him scared and it was transferring through to bad behaviour when out of his stall.

    When it warmed up a little I reluctantly put him in a paddock for a night. No change for the first week. I was so disappointed. We had a huge show coming up where points I earnt went towards my instructors certification and I couldnt even halter him in his paddock.

    But I persisted and then one morning he was great. I went in, haltered him and bought him into the barn where I fed him and saddled him up. He was just like his normal self apart from being a tad more jumpy than usual but that even passed in time.

    To get rid of the last of the sillies we did some desensitisation work with him. Even though he was pretty bomb proof before he had developed some 'habits' I will call them, while he was all 'stall cranky' as I call it as long as I left him in his paddock at night he was fine. I guess eventually he decided he hated the stall and would do anything not to be there...even lash out at me.

    I have no idea if this is vegas problem but I just thought I would throw that story in :)

    Good luck with her
         
        03-18-2008, 11:42 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Thanks Jazzy. That does help though. I mean even though she's been there for over a year, this winter was a lot worse, as in the weather has either been snowy or rainy a lot more and she couldn't go out.

    I had called in February or January and asked if she could go to the lower barn because you have the option for pasture turn out, and they said that no stalls were available. I think I'll ask again and see if that changes anything, if she's actually allowed to interact with horses and have room to kick her heals up.

    I know Sonny had mentioned keeping her out 24/7 and I don't like their pastures(thin wire fence, extremely muddy) but I totally forgot about the lower barn! I will have to ask if any space is going to open up (i know a few people are leaving the lower barn, so a space should open up) I'll also talk to Tom and tell him this is what I wanna do. Saying that it should help her out some.
         
        03-18-2008, 11:52 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Good luck girl
         
        03-18-2008, 11:54 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Thanks

    I'll let you know the outcome tomorrow!

    I'm also glad I had a fraud charge on my card. I would have bought the calm supplement earlier today.
         

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