Luca and I are best buds. Now all of a sudden, he's been acting very aggressive towards ANYONE! He is normally the sweetest horse ever, amd totally cuddly, but a few days ago, I noticed him change. I came over to him for a pat and a cuddle amd he put his ears right back amd napped at me! So I left him alone, thinking that maybe he was in a bad mood or something. Always when he behaved like that, so etching was not right. He either had to do his "business" or there was some itchy spot on his leg...so I came back a while later and went onto the paddock. Luca immediately came towards me- amd leapt at me with his teeth bared! I was quick enough to escape but was totally crushed emotionally. Why had my sweet gelding who would hurt a fly turned into a mean, grouchy and DANGEROUS horse? I don't want to lose him! :(
Now, guys, think whatever you want from me, but I tell you, it actually happened. No, this is not a troll. I have always had a special relationship with horses. So I took Luca to the grooming place (a pole with a ring on it) and he was totally normal. Just when I let him go on the paddock with no halter he was a monster.
so I groomed him and he liked it (like he normally does) amd then I thought to myself: "people tell me I can understand horses well. I'm not so sure about that but why not give horse whispering a go?" I rather thought of it as a silly experiment but I did it anyway. I stood in front of Luca and asked him to "connect with me" like I had read about in horse whispering books when I was about 10 years old. To my surprise, he immediately dropped his head you to my arms and stood there with closed eyes! I was kinda weirded out and excited too, so I continued: "tell me, Luca. What is wrong with you?" nothing happened. "Please Luca, tell me. Does something hurt?" sometimes Luca picks up his back hooves and stomps them when he's bored but this time, he lifted his front hoof and TOUCHED his belly. "If it's your stomach, nudge me. If its something else, stomp your hoof." I felt like I had asked too much so I didn't expect anything to happen. And nothing did happen, and I stood there stupidly...and then I felt the gentlest nudge from my horse. "Hurts like a colic, nibble my arm, hurts like something else, nudge me again." I asked the nudging bit last, just to see whether Luca was just nudging me for the sake of it and not actually communicating with me. But he then gave my arm a strong nibble, which hurt a bit, but I asked for it.
I put him back on the paddock and now he's trying really hard not to be so aggressive, but he sometimes has his moments and I'm still not confident enough to cuddle him properly or to go in with him without a halter. So...I think there's something wrong with him. I strongly believe that it's worms. Here are the symptoms I spotted on Luca:
-he's lost some weight and it's hard to put it back on
- he seems to be constantly hungry, looking inside his bucket frequently although I give him his normal ration of food twice a day
- he is acting aggressive (but mostly now he's fine)
- although he has lost weight, he is a bit bloated
- his worming session is due in a few days anyway
Soo....is it worms?
Oh and also, that woman who has horses (she's our neighbour) washed her horses with anti-tick stuff and she gave me a bucket with some in it mixed with lots of water and she said she uses it on her horses all the time so I washed Luca with it. The woman gave the empty container (of the anti tick stuff ) to my dad, who put it in the shed. Today, I went to read the label and directions of use, and I noticed that this stuff WASN'T ACTUALLY FLR HORSES AT ALL! It was for household use. In the WARNING section, it said: NOT TO BE USED ON PETS (well I don't know if a horse is ck soldered a pet...
) and it also stated: CONTACT WITH SKIN RESULTS IN SKINN IRRITATION AND SKIN NUMBNESS. EXCESSIVE INHALATION WILL CAUSE ORGAN FAILURE!!!!
I have learnt not to trust that woman. I washed my horse with that stuff! Well, her horses are acting fine...but still. What am I supposed to do now? I need to know if Luca is in danger. I'm not allowed to call a vet because my parents say that we can't spend too much money before chirstmas!!!! But Luca is IMPORTANT! What if he needs a vet??? So please tell me...do you think it's worms or do you think the anti tick stuff is doing it to him...if you really want, I can upload a pic of the anti tick stuff container and labels.
Dreamcatcher5 (worried mum of Luca)