Suddenly spooky horse HELP!!!! (Found out the reason)
I have a 10 year gelding that I have owned about 2 years and he was as stable as you could get. Nothing seemed bother or spook him. About 3weeks ago I rode him and everything was fine. The next weekend when I rode he was suddenly jumping out of his skin about everything. I noticed he seemed tight in his belly, and took him to the vet. The vet state he thought it may have been colic and treated him for it. But, the issue has not gone away. Even though, he is jumpy on both sides, itís his right side that is the worst. Any sound or movement sends him flying off. I have also noticed he has started losing weight even though I havenít changed anything in his diet.
I have done a eye check. He sees out of both eyes, but is overly reactive to movement on his right. He simply blinks with movement on his left, but jerks his head with movement on the right. He has never been head or ear shy. The reaction is not normal for him.
I also noticed this afternoon a very yellow discharge from his nose. Which very new development.
Thank you all for your help. I took Swazy to the vet and asked him to a head to tail check on him. I also asked him to run a complete blood test on him.
I found out he has the start of uveitis (moon blindness). My vet stated that we caught it really early and we should be able to treat it with no lasting damage. Boy am I glad I took him in. From my research horses can lose the eye sight to it if it is not treat.
I guess this is a good leason for us all. If your horse is not acting normal, take them in and have them checked out. It may be the start of something serious.