I have an odd question, but I am being serious.
Does anyone else have a horse freak out when you are having your menstrual cycle?
I ask now because though I have been around horses my entire life, I've never had one do so, however, I have a few days until I can test my theory, but I think that's why my boy has been acting like such a poop.
The first thing he does every time I bring him in or remove him from his stall is put his head down, getting ready for his ear and neck massage. His nose is usually about waist level. We have never had a problem, however, 5 days ago something happened and I'm trying to figure out what it is.
He put his head down for me to get his ears and neck, I leaned over to kiss him and I static-shocked him. He didn't seem upset for about two minutes, but then started yanking his head up and shaking it back and forth.
Well, the lady I bought him back from had electric fences, so I thought, okay, he's upset about the shock and so I tried to work him through it, but he kept getting more and more riled. Once I would step back from him he would settle his head so I could reach it, but once I stepped back into him he would start all over again. This was so unlike him I got very hurt and upset, because I have worked hard over the last six weeks we have been back together to make him understand that he will NEVER be hurt by me, EVER. I know it's a process but even in the months I had worked him before I bought him, he had never acted this way.
Then two day later, it happened again. I thought, Oh GOD he is NEVER going to forgive me for shocking him and how do I get him to understand it was an accident... But both days, as soon as I climbed up on his back... he was fine. Calmed right down. I would climb off, he would lower his head and then immediately start tossing.
TODAY: Same dang thing. So finally, I cross tied him in a corner, facing me, and let him sniff all over me until he seemed calm, I would raise my hand and he would be fine and as soon as he would lower his head for my touch, he'd freak, but this time he was snapping at me. We worked through it some by standing in the corner for about 1/2 an hour and I untied him, braided and unbraided his forelock and though he was still edgy, he stayed put.
I have NO other problems from him. He rides fine, he doesn't quiver, he leads fine... no problems.
So, the only thing I can think of, before I call the vet out to see if he is in some sort of pain, is that it may be because I am on my cycle and I have extremely heavy cycles.
I've thought back and have looked at the calendar and I have NOT ridden him during these days before. Last month, our first month back together, I worked the entire week of cycling and only made it out to check his water, give him a pat and a cookie.
So...if anyone has any idea about this... a little help? Could it be that he smells what he percieves to be an injury or danger? Or should I just call the vet? The next time I see him will be friday and I will be through, so I was going to wait and see if he spazzed or not...
AH! Sorry this is so long, but I'm entirely perplexed.