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    02-27-2012, 07:55 PM
  #21
Banned
I agree with franknbean very unlikely the horse has rabies theres something going on with her but its not rabies. I don't vaccinate for rabies and iv had horses for over thirty years NEVER have had a horse get it.
     
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    02-27-2012, 07:59 PM
  #22
Weanling
Not too mention "Cujo" rabies is really rare as well. Most infected animals are more prone to "dumb rabies" and hydrophobia as apposed to just sudden aggression.

I do agree with everyone that says she seems painful though. My first thought was a possible colic when you said she is nipping and was pawing and making odd noises.

Keep up updated. Hopefully she's fine and just having a bad day!
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    02-27-2012, 08:09 PM
  #23
Trained
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Originally Posted by Duren    
Not too mention "Cujo" rabies is really rare as well. Most infected animals are more prone to "dumb rabies" and hydrophobia as apposed to just sudden aggression.

I do agree with everyone that says she seems painful though. My first thought was a possible colic when you said she is nipping and was pawing and making odd noises.

Keep up updated. Hopefully she's fine and just having a bad day!

Agree totally. I think someone watches too many movies.
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    02-27-2012, 08:15 PM
  #24
Weanling
My first response...it's a pony that explains everything :) I think that pain is the culprit here, the shivering can be a temp too or a sign of stress do to pain. Anytime a horse acts askew all of a sudden pain is often the problem. Have you seen her role lately on the ground...watch and see if she rolls but when she gets up she doesn't do the normal "shake like a wet dog" thing...she could be in the early stages of colic...I would keep a close eye on her and see if the vet can come take a look ASAP
     
    02-27-2012, 08:41 PM
  #25
Trained
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
Sounds like a leardership problem to me in heat or not in pain or not doesnt give them the right to lash out with teeth and hind feet. Simple fact is she has no respect for you
I agree there's likely a relationship issue, tho if it's pain related I think there can sometimes be an unthinking reactivity that can happen regardless of relationships. But my feeling is that sort of attitude is showing no respect or understanding to the horse - perhaps that's not how you meant it tho.

Horses are sentient beings too, not put on this earth to be innately submissive & obedient to our every beck & whim. They *always* give subtle signs/warnings before that sort of behaviour & if for whatever reason(conscious or not) humans ignore that, they have to find other ways to be more effective at getting their feelings across. Whether you see it as a 'right', how else can an animal like a horse 'shout' but with teeth & hooves??

Of course, in a good relationship, the human & horse 'respect' & understand *eachother* enough that it doesn't come to that. IMO I don't believe it should be a dictatorial relationship & if my horse 'aggressed' at me like that I'd be wondering what *I'd* missed & done wrong. Perhaps that's what you meant too, but talking about 'rights' regardless of circumstances sounds like you feel the horse is the one that's 'wrong' & deserving of punishment for his 'crime'.
     
    02-27-2012, 08:46 PM
  #26
Trained
I find it hard to believe that a leadership issue turns this quickly. But JMHO.
     
    02-27-2012, 08:54 PM
  #27
Weanling
May I just say that I am totally embarrassed by my grammar mistakes in my post. To vs too is only my biggest pet peeve ever!
     

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