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post #1 of 11 Old 12-20-2007, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Do Horses Get Depression?

My Horse Shilo's Mother Just Died A Few Days ago, My Question Is Do Horses Get Depressed?
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-20-2007, 07:06 PM
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I think they do. I don't think they have the same emotional level that humans do but I'd like to think they have some sort of attachment to their herd mates and miss them when they are gone. So sorry to hear about the loss of Shilo's mom. We have a little almost 2 year old filly names Shiloh.


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post #3 of 11 Old 12-21-2007, 12:15 AM
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yes i ahve heard that they can get depressed..especial if they lose a close pasture buddy. Im so sorry yo hear about your horse

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-21-2007, 07:18 AM
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totally off the subject but shiloh is one of the names on my foal list if its a filly :)

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post #5 of 11 Old 12-21-2007, 07:38 AM
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totally off the subject but shiloh is one of the names on my foal list if its a filly :)
Thats my husbands mares filly he picked that one out all by himself :) its a great name. I liked Pretty Saro its an old folk song. So thats my filly.
ok back to topic
When we first got Fancy (our first horse) she was all alone. She seemed really sad and lonely.
Sorry have to edit this in. I just remembered when Fancy died I had a little weanling that just loved her. When she was sick she wouldn't leave her and then she wouldn't leave the place that we buried Fancy.


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post #6 of 11 Old 12-22-2007, 04:23 AM
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yes the do get it.....the ponies over at my sister in laws place all hang there heads low because there in a dirt pen 36 x 36 feet with no where to go......it's even depressing to see them like that
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-22-2007, 09:41 AM
 
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Yes i agree, even though they are animals, they still have feelings.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-22-2007, 10:31 AM
 
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Sorry for your loss, but horses definately get depressed.

I had a nice quarter horse mare that got a leg fracture at 27 and we had to put her down. She was pasture mate to her son and a little mare who roomed with her from the time she was three months. It was so sad. The mare got a lame leg, which the vet could not find any reason, and the son just called for her for two weeks. Both moped around. The neighbors felt so bad as they watched them in the field near where my mare was burried.

my friend had a mare with a gelding that was so stuck on her. The vet put the mare down and he was right there. He knew when she was gone and turned totally to his owner. His heart was so broken.
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-22-2007, 11:43 PM
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I'm sry for the loss. :(
Yeah, horses can get depressed. They have feelings, too! ;)
That's why they should always have a 'buddy', because they can develop behaviorial problems if they don't socialize enough.
Anyway, yeah, I can tell if my horse is angry, sad, happy, etc.
They all have their moods! :P
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-05-2008, 10:44 PM
 
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Yes, they do.
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