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post #1 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Too Mellow?

Not sure if this is the right place to put this, but the past few days my mare has been really mellowed out.
Normally she's very high strung, galloping around and playing a bunch. She's always right on top of moving out of my space when I'm cleaning her stall around her or when I go to bring her hay net in. But the past few days I feel like she's been distracted, when I go to bring in her hay net I tell her to back up and she just looks at me, I have to give her the visual cue or even touch her chest to make her back up - which is seriously odd.
Once the hay is in her stall she just stands with her head over the door, watching my until I leave - then she goes about eating. She hasn't even finished all her hay in the night. She's usually ravenous about her food, now she just seems to not care. She still eats and isn't having trouble eating, but just not as intense as usual. When I clean her stall while she's outside she'll come and stand at her stall door (she knows she's not allowed in while I'm cleaning it if she's out) and she just watches me the whole time. I'll stop to give her kisses, which she usually fusses about - but she hasn't cared lately, just stands there and tolerates me mooshing on her.
I feel like she's trying to tell me something and she's so sick of me not knowing what it is - she just looks defeated.

The only change is now she has a hay net with holes small enough to actually slow her down, so she has hay 24/7 now - but I give some on the floor too, not just in her net and there's some left in both.
She's been on SmartCalm Ultra and just finished her second month - but this change was just over the past few days. I just switched her down to regular SmartCalm, that will start tomorrow, as she was on ultra just during the stress of our move and getting used to her new world - which is stressful for her.
Other than that nothing's changed recently. She hasn't got a fever, she's well hydrated and her gums look great and the whatever you call it refill (when you push on their gums to see the color change) looks fine too. I don't think she's sick, she's not acting sick - just really quiet.

Sorry that was so long, just curious if I should be concerned?
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 09:16 PM
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Don't be ecstatic!

It could be the change in seasons too.....the calming supplement may be only just kicking in properly now, some drugs/supplements can take a while to regulate in the system.......
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Lol ok thanks - it is exactly what I want xD but it's so unusual - I supposed I better take advantage of this new found calmness and get her training cranked up just in case she goes back to her old self :P
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