3 1/2 yr old appaloosa filly.....won't move..sick/depressed?
Last april I got an appaloosa filly for my 16 b-day. She was doing great so I moved her to another barn for training in september. She was green broke and we were starting to really see some improvement from her but then one day she just quit. My trainer has no idea whats going on and everyone we ask around the area is dumbfounded. A few weeks ago she was put into her stall which had fresh grain and hay and the first thing she did was lay down completly. They were afraid they wouldnt be able to get her up. She did get up and then was fine. She hasn't done it since but now the herd has pushed her out. She just stands around all day and hangs her head. No spirit or spunk unless its feeding time. On her back she refuses to go forward now. Her feet hav been checked and are in great condition. She is also swollen looking and holds her tail oddly now. Trainer starting to question if she's possibley pregnant...? I don;t knowe how she could be but....she bites and lunges at you when angry. But in a snap can be an angel again....any ideas out there? Please , we are starting to get desperate....
Have you had the vet out? I would get some blood work done and have her checked out soon. It can be so many things I don't want to diagnose. Does she have good gut sounds? Is she pooping and peeing regular? Going down in the stall sounds like HYPP but since she is appaloosa I doubt it but wouldn't rule it out. Anyway call the vet ASAP
I want to add that a lot of horses go through a phase around 3-4 years when they test you. Its like human kids going through the terrible two's. If the vet gives a clear health sign (hope hope) you may want to work on some respect training and be careful not to let her get away with anything.
Yea we are really worried bout her. She's our first horse other than a few leases along the way....she means a lot to us. I was going to start riding her in the open show cicuit next season but im not so sure anymore....o well her health comes first. Thanks for all ur support it means a lot to me