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    07-29-2009, 09:25 PM
Worried about Brewer, Please HELP!!!

So Brewer has been acting not himself lately. It all started last Friday, during my lesson, when he refused a jump for the first time. I've been riding him five months, and I have NEVER seen him act like that before, he looooves jumping and will jump anything he can. Later that night, at my show, he refused 4 times and threw me off by stopping dead around a turn.

A few days later, we set off again, determined to conquer that course that had him so frazzled on Friday. One of the jumps he refused SIX times before he would go over. SIX! And it was a generic vertical, no flowers no nothing to scare him. He has also started wheezing when he works, and sweats quickly.

Today, he wasn't good either. He was a jerk to catch in the field, which is strange, usually he will trot up to me as soon as he sees me which is so sweet. But today, everytime I got near him he would take off, bucking and kicking out at any horses that got near him. He bit Snowman, a 12hh pony on the neck and kicked Orion in the chest, neither of which were doing anything except running away from him as he cantered towards him. He even threatened to kick me! I have never seen him act aggressively towards any person or horse, no matter how bad they deserved it. I had the feeling he was on the bottom of the totem pole, because I always find bruises and cuts on him.

While I was tacking him up, he hacked a huuuuge cough and splattered the stall door with mucus, in a spot literally bigger than my hand with all my fingers stretched out. It was disgusting but also worrying!!

Then, while I was riding, he kept breaking down from the trot and canter, and swapping leads because he was tired. He was also stumbling all over himself, tripping over nothing. I finally ended it after about 20 minutes when he tripped so hard he almost went down.

Now he is 23, is his age catching up with him? I am just sincerely worried about the poor guy. Sorry its so long I just wanted to give the whole story...
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    07-29-2009, 10:01 PM
I would call the vet out or at least call and tell them see what they say.
    07-29-2009, 10:07 PM
I emailed his owner with this story and asked her to come out and see what she thinks. I am hoping I'm just overreacting and she will think he looks fine.
    07-29-2009, 10:11 PM
Well my opinion if he is coughing with mucus I would call the vet, he is up there in age.
    07-29-2009, 10:15 PM
I can't though, he isn't my horse, it is in our contract I have to call her before I call the vet unless its like a life or death immediate situation.
    07-29-2009, 10:17 PM
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I doubt you are over reacting. My older QH, I've had for 22 years and I can tell when he's off. I remember when he was about 16, he refused a jump in a show. It was the first time he'd ever done it. He was really quiet for the next week or two. Everyone said that at 16 he should be quiet. It wasn't him. He wasn't running a fever, he wasn't colicing. But I knew there was a problem. I called the vet out a couple times. He drew blood, took fecal samples... There was nothing wrong that he could find. I was so certain there was a problem that I remember standing in the pasture and crying because I just wasn't ready to loose him (he was sick for that whole summer). Finally the vet put him on antibiotics, maybe because I was so insistant that something was wrong. I never did find out what was wrong with him, but he came back to me after the antibiotics.

The thing is, you KNOW your horse. You ride him, you care for him. You know if there is a problem. It may be something minor, but if it's got you worried, it's worth paying attention to.
    07-30-2009, 11:57 AM
His owner said it is most likely a sinus infection due to his untreated allergies. She had told me to ask my trainer to give him a depo shot, but my trainer didn't want to because she had never heard of depo being used to treat allergies. I emailed his owner this but never heard back. If she had told me that he could get sick as a result, I would have made sure to get someone to give it to him. The way she made it seem was like "Oh if his coughing is bothering you in lessons, give him the shot." It wasn't like "Give him this shot or he will get sick". But now I am worried and feel guilty and angry and so many emotions... :/
    07-30-2009, 12:25 PM
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Usually if you get a depot shot it's for seasonal allergies. I don't think it's real common for horses so that's why your trainer would have been leary. (my trainer has a horse that is probably going to end up getting them - they are trying other things for now).

Don't feel bad. You can only do your best you know? Are you going to call the vet out? If it is an infection you'll need antibiotics to clear it and then I'd get the shot after that.
    07-30-2009, 01:07 PM
She said she has called the vet and she thinks that between the shot and the antibiotics he will be better soon. I am going to lightly work him for the next week or two, no jumping for sure, I am going to work on my stirrupless trotting and such, make it good for him and me!

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