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post #1 of 7 Old 09-19-2012, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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I think my gelding has dementia...

I think the old man is going crazy in his old age. I knew he was q tad barn sour, but never imagined to this extent. I got him out of the pasture the other day to ride for the first time in about a month and a half. Took him to thw barn and he was so fidgety he run me into the stall twice. I took him out and tied him high and tight to a tree, went and sat in my car and watched. He hollered, reared and pawed for about 30 minutes before he calmed down.

The next day, I took the pony out of the pasture to the roundpen to work her. I was gone for about 30 minutes and could hear him hollering the entire time. When I took her back, he was standing by the gate soaking wet and covered in sweat foam.

I'm afraid he's going to hurt himself or give himself ulcers from the worry and stress.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-19-2012, 03:50 PM
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Are he and the pony the only horses you have? If they don't have any other companions he sounds as if he's buddy sour, not having dementia episodes.

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( I don't actually think he has a mental disorder)

The pony is pastured with him, but there are three other horses on thw other side of the fence. I know he's buddy sour, I've just never seen it to this extent to where I think a horse is going to have the possibility of hurting themselves.
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I keep 3 horses pastured together for a reason. That way, when I take 1 away, the other 2 don't act like morons.

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Are the other horses yours? If so, can you switch them around so he is near the pony but not pastured with it?
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No they are not mine. He did a little better today. He hollered a lot, but he wasn't lathered when I got back. I think I'm going to randomly take her out and bring her back just to get him used to it.
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What I do in this sort of situation is circles. I start by walking the pony around the paddock until the horse inside isn't concerned. Then around the paddock plus something small that the horse inside can't see us from, repeat this until he's calm. Then slowly increasing the amount of time the pony is out of sight.
Good luck - buddy-sour horses are so annoying xD
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