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    03-15-2008, 02:56 PM
  #1
Foal
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.

UPDATE:

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.
     
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    03-15-2008, 04:48 PM
  #2
Yearling
Is he turned out to pasture during the day? Something traumatic may have happened on his right side and has him spooked. Pet and rub him a lot from his right side, to extra grooming from his right side. Check four any wounds on him or sore spots on his side, belly head neck ect. Try not to go "shhh shh its okay!" when he spooks, kind of ignore it and keep putting/rubbing/loving brushing or whatever you are doing. If you find a sore spot, he may have gotten injured by something/someone.

He could also have a cold, colored discharge from his nose usually means he's got a respiratory problem. He could be feeling worn down and vulnerable and is being flighty because of it. I'm not sure..
     
    03-15-2008, 04:58 PM
  #3
Foal
Thanks for the advice Abby.

He seems fine to rubbing. And doesn't appear to me sensitive to touch. The reaction is more to sound of movement like a canvas bag movement.
     
    03-15-2008, 05:03 PM
  #4
Yearling
This one is a mystery. I'm not so sure whats got him miffed about movement on his right. He does sound like he's got a cold or something, especially if its yellow. You should call you vet, if a horse has colored discharge from his nose, it is never a good sign. It could even be strangles.

Edit- I just thought I'd ask if the discharge has any smell to it. If it does, it could be a tooth infection.
     
    03-15-2008, 06:10 PM
  #5
Foal
He is vaccinated against strangles, and doesn't have any gland swelling, so I don't think its that. Most likely a cold, but the spooking thing I think is a seperate problem. I'll be scheduling a visit to the vet Monday. Hopefully we will figure it all out.
     
    03-15-2008, 10:51 PM
  #6
Yearling
Sorry I couldn't be of much help, let me know if you figure out what the problem is. I am very curious.
     
    03-16-2008, 08:35 PM
  #7
Trained
Re: Suddenly spooky horse HELP!!!!

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Originally Posted by tinasdream
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.

Iím at a complete loss on what is going on. I would appreciate any ideas. Help!!!!!
is your weather changing there? Sometimes horses go silly at a change of season with all the new smells and sights they havent seen in a while especially when coming out of winter when there is much less activity with animals and more smells are masked.

I guess that doesnt explain him being so sensitive to spooks on his right side only

With the weight issue; is he up to date with worming? How much and what are you feeding him?

I would definitely agree that a vet may be able to shed some light on what is going on there. It is a strange combination of issues
     
    03-17-2008, 08:09 AM
  #8
Showing
^^ I was just going to suggest that. Ours all get "spring fever" this time of year. Even just going out to feed they are very jumpy and I have to watch myself around them so I don't get hurt. Every little thing sends them off in a terror. My farrier even commented on it saying everyplace she goes the horses are being goofy with spring fever.
     
    03-17-2008, 09:06 AM
  #9
Banned
Like the two said above me, it could just be from spring fever...the horses can sense the change of season, and can get overly excited, causing spookiness and extra energy.

Since you said you had his eyes checked, it's not from poor sight. Is it just when you ride? Or all the time?

If it's just when you ride it could be caused my discomfort. Rock in the hoof, not fitting saddle, pain somewhere.

If it's all the time, then to me it sounds like spring fever.
     
    03-23-2008, 12:25 PM
  #10
Foal
Found out whats wrong with my Suddenly spooky horse

Hi Guys,

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.
     

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