What could be causing his spookiness?

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    06-13-2013, 11:18 AM
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What could be causing his spookiness?

So this is the same horse that was just diagnosed with what we believe to be navicular.

He has never ever been a spooky horse in particular. Maybe here an there he would jump at something but it was never anything big.

Lately he's spooked at the kids playing at my barn which he has been around 100x, he spooked at a horse walking up behind him, and at my friend cleaning her stall.

The receptionist said she thinks the results read negative for lymes but she's going to have the vet call me. I was assuming that's what it was but if its not I'm not sure what it is. It isn't his eyes cause the vet checked them.
Any thoughts?
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    06-13-2013, 11:29 AM
Green Broke
-if he has been handle differently lately, uncertainty can cause a tense spooky horse.
-magnesium deficiency
    06-21-2013, 12:52 PM
I am having the same issue. Subbing!
    06-21-2013, 03:47 PM
When they are in pain that can cause some discomfort resulting in being on edge.
Is there a horse in heat near by?
Did a new horse enter his home, and is picking on him?
Are you jumpy?
    06-21-2013, 03:59 PM
We have no mares. He's been around my neighbors mares for 4 years. We have no new horses. I'm not nervous or jumpy until he jumps sideways and I almost fly off
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    06-21-2013, 04:02 PM
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Lymes tests or apparently not always very reliable so you might ask your vet if you could treat him anyway - its not that expensive and would at least totally rule that out
Any pain issue can make a horse tense and that tension can get thrown out in spookiness. Off the top of my head - ulcers, encysted red worm, skeletal pain, dental problems, stomach upsets resulting from a feed that's disagreeing are a few common ones
Magnesium is a safe supplement to feed in quite high doses and most vets are seeing good results with it and recommending its use.
I've also read some reports that indicate that B12 can have a calming effect
Check your feed regime - are you maybe overfeeding in some things? I totally avoid anything with molasses and stick with low starch feeds
I hate making this comment as it goes to the extreme - I have seen two horses in my lifetime that had brain tumors and both started with increased spookiness.
    06-21-2013, 04:32 PM
I feed strategy and amplify. And give Probios. I don't have colic issues with him. Do you mean lymes as in lymes disease?
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    06-21-2013, 04:34 PM
He's not spooky on the ground. Wouldn't they have symptoms on the ground too with a brain tumor?
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    06-21-2013, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
He's not spooky on the ground. Wouldn't they have symptoms on the ground too with a brain tumor?
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Yes they would.
Lymes as in lymes disease. Not so common in Texas but it does reach there - but again you usually see fractious behavior on the ground as well as in the saddle
I have known plenty of horses who are capable of 'inventing a monster in a bush' to avoid work. We have a really scary one that visits the corner of our ménage some days!!!
    06-21-2013, 04:56 PM
How is his eye sight?

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