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    12-05-2008, 09:53 PM
What's Up with Rooster

I have an older horse named Rooster (pictured here) who has been a reliable, old steady Eddie for years. He was the best trail horse I've ever had...would go along and even if the world was crashing down, he would never lose his cool. Well, recently, he has started spooking and actinvery quite nervous on the trail. Yesterday, he suddenly lept into the air, did a 180 and took off at a full gallop (I came off but am fine). Two weeks ago, he did the same thing while I was riding during a windy day.
The only thing that has changed with Rooster is his feed. For a time, it looked like he was losing a bit of weight so we changed him from Triple Crown Senior to Nutrena Empower (He also gets beet pulp and his usual hoof and joint supplements and electrolytes). I am thinking that perhaps he's getting a bit rev'd up from the Empower.
His health otherwise is fine...no visual problems or anything else.
Can anyone offer me any suggestions?
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    12-06-2008, 11:10 AM
Sounds like the feed is not agreeing with him... put him back on the Triple Crown Senior and just increase the amount of it as well as his beet pulp... you could also try adding a fortified Rice Bran product to his feeding to help with weight gain ...

Do you have the ingredient list off of the Empower?? I would love to see that ... I have yet to find one we dont' have a Nutrena dealer in our area so I cant' just go get one LOL
    12-06-2008, 07:56 PM
I was thinking protein was the culprit in revving up my old steady Eddie, but Empower has 10% protein while Triple Crown Senior has 10%...so much for THAT theory.
He's been on rice bran oil for about a month.
We're cutting out the Empower and going just with TC Senior. I'll take him for a test drive in a few days and see if I have my same old dependable buddy back.
Thanks for taking the time to write.
    12-06-2008, 07:58 PM
What I meant to say was the Empower had 10% protein and TC Senior had 12%.
Sorry...long day.
    12-06-2008, 08:31 PM
Check his eyes.
I once rode a mare who was extremely spooky in bright light, but under dark conditions could be a child's trail horse.
If his eyes seem at all cloudy, then call a vet out to diagnose him. Most eye problems are treatable.
The most common eye problem is uveitis. It is quite painful, but can be treated by antibiotics.
It could also be cataracts or (hopefully not) cancer because he is an older horse.

The feed is also a possibility. Make sure you are feeding him something high in fat. All that protein is really not good for an old horse's kidneys and can cause founder. The beet pulp is an excellent way to keep weight on him already. Adding rice bran is another great way to keep weight on your guy, without all the protein.
    12-06-2008, 08:38 PM
I don't know the NSC level of the Empower but I have heard of alot of horses going bonkers on it .... that is why I am wanting your tag info ;)
    12-06-2008, 08:39 PM
Protien does not cause founder the higher NSC in feeds causes lamitis which can lead to founder if not treated properly
    12-07-2008, 09:18 PM
We have stopped the Empower and I'm going to give him a few days to settle down before I hop on him again. His eyes look fine too.
Keep your fingers crossed that I have my old reliable trail buddy back.

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