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Northern 12-19-2012 09:33 PM

Very first sign that a horse isn't ok inside
This question was posed by Deb Bennett on her forum, & the answer didn't seem to be forthcoming (sometimes threads hang on there), & I thought that we all should know the answer to the question, thus I present it here.

I'm also embarrassed to say that I'm not sure of the answer,:oops: though holding the breath is my guess, then there's the tensing of the ears; well, can anyone say for sure?

OurLizardsHope 12-19-2012 09:36 PM

Sorry I guess I'm missing the question?

Muppetgirl 12-19-2012 09:37 PM

Hmmmm I was going to immediately answer with something.....then I thought I'd ask you to elaborate on the question....I'm assuming you mean internal health, not mental health......

deserthorsewoman 12-19-2012 09:39 PM

Im probably completely off, but I saw "worry" wrinkles above the eyes, a slightly pulled back nostril also with wrinkles above.....

farmpony84 12-19-2012 09:45 PM

I think it depends on the horse

Northern 12-19-2012 09:48 PM

By "not ok inside", I mean the start of upset/fear.

cakemom 12-19-2012 09:48 PM

It truly depends on the animal. With my mare,where she is in the field compared to the time of day will tell. Gelding, feed always tells the story.
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tinyliny 12-19-2012 09:49 PM

I think waht the OP means is that the horse is not mentally "ok" with something , such as something he is being asked to do, or some environment he's in.

It might be breathing, but I cannot see that unless it's radically off from normal. For me, it's a tightening of the skin, in particualr on the neck. And, a tightening of the jaw and lips.

farmpony84 12-19-2012 09:50 PM


Originally Posted by Northern (Post 1806950)
By "not ok inside", I mean the start of upset/fear.

As in for a moment or forever fearful?

Muppetgirl 12-19-2012 09:52 PM

I thought thats what you meant......I'd say holding breath, locking jaw, large muscle in lower neck tensing up?????? I could say wide eye, but thats too obvious......???????

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