Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere in Wisconsin
Muppetgirl is giving great advice as is everyone else! My arab does this from time to time, he does have neurological issues, stemming from being beaten from a colt on up. Not from me obviously, I got him when he was 11 NOT knowing the issues. He is the greatest horse on the ground, and mostly to tie. Then though you think he's having a good day and he FREAKS, explodes, falls over on himself and breaks halters left and right. The vet said we'd just have to take it in stride after working with Charlie and I for two years. The way he explained that made sense- its like popping a fuse. It builds and builds, explodes and the fuse is out, only then to be replaced by a new one. You never really know when it's going to happen unless they have a predictor - not sure that's the right term.
He did have me start taking videos when I tie him. Hopefully to catch it and we then went through the videos. IF it's neurological, at least in Charlie's case it was. He had little and I mean little signs he was about to blow. I'll have to see if I can find the videos it's barely detectable though. BUT, Charlie would wink or hold one eye tighter so to speak. Always his left eye, he would hold it shut tight then blow up. We came to the conclusion that was the calm reaction from that fuse getting ready to blow then it translated to him freaking out.
I would see if maybe you can just start taking videos when you tie, maybe you'll catch him in the act and can study it to see if he has a "sign."
I've tried anything and everything to help him stop just like you have, it IS scary. Groundwork and yielding to pressure have helped. If he's thinking when it happens, he has less of a "freak out" snaps the halter and basically stands there like s*** I did it again, lol. Other times he on the ground fallen over himself. Take patience, and a lot of it. Now knowing I can see it coming for the most part if I'm paying attention I can get out of the way. It's like a "tick" for him. He was on calming medicine, basically mare magic. Being an arab it helped him riding as well, but it lessened the "freak" didn't stop them though.
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Last edited by Annanoel; 01-03-2013 at 10:24 AM.