Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Central Oregon, USA
Service dogs and dog hating horse
Ever since I was about 9 years old (25 now) I have had an issue with syncope, or passing out. I've been in and out of so many doctor's offices with no answers until recently. Long story short, I have POTS or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome related to overproduction of adrenaline. Interestingly this also accounts for my anxiety in the past which meds never worked on, it explains why I am so jumpy and startle like crazy, why I get a cold nose all the time and a multitude of other miscellaneous things.
There is one medicine that works (half of the time) and that is Beta Blockers. Unfortunately for me they lower blood pressure and pulse. When I am seated or laying down, my bp is already dangerously low, so these are a no-no for me. My doctor has me on a cardio exercise regimen to try and increase my cardiac out put, and it seems to be kind of sort of helping (I thought I was already fit, but come to think of it I am fit in every other way except cardio....oops).
Anyways, he is recommending that I get a service dog trained for stability so when I do pass out (which is currently about 4 times a week, and about 10-20 close calls) I don't fall and hit my head. Trouble with this is, my horse HATES dogs. When riding he will pin his ears and stomp at them.
Does anyone here have any experience with service dogs and horses?