Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outside of Oklahoma City
Mare having severe attitude issues, health related?
Sassy has been "sassy" since she was a sperm and egg, but as of late it's less Sassy and more "spawn of Satan". She is by no means a mean horse, but something has gone awry in her attitude. My mom is actually scared of her.
I moved in August, Sassy stayed behind with Rosie (23 year old) and I brought my two geldings up to live with me (Stillwater OK, 1.5 hours from home). Sassy bullied Rosie and the two geldings started getting too rough, so I switched out. Rosie stays home with Playboy, and Sassy and Dusty now share a paddock. I made the switch in October, and thats when I started noticing Sassy had very painful sides. Most horses, when they are in pain will dip their back, etc. Sassy doesn't do that, instead she pins her ears, swishes her tail, stomps, acts like she may bite. Its in her rib cage above her flank (mid back, I guess), and in the cinch area. I had her adjusted by a chiro, she was enjoying every bit of it until they worked on her ribs. I literally thought this mare was going to hurt somebody! Alas, while she certainly moved better, the ****y attitude when you touched her didn't go away, so something is still wrong. Her saddle fits perfectly, she works great from the saddle. It's like she just doesn't want you to touch her. I know she's doing it because she is uncomfortable, not because she is witchy. Several people have pointed me in the direction of ulcers, but she doesn't have a single other symptom, and everywhere I have looked, side soreness is not a symptom.
Another thing she does, as you walk around behind her when grooming, she'll pick up a back leg. She gets reprimanded every single time for it. She's not picking up a foot like she thinks you're going to clean her feet. I'm putting that as a behavioral thing I need to work out. Can't tell if it's her being snotty, or trying to move her tail onto me so I will scratch it..
Sassy isn't a hateful horse, she just seems, overly cranky? I'm not sure if maybe she could have a ovarian tumor, hormones out of whack, mineral deficiency, ulcers, or what. I do have plans to call the vet when I come back home for Christmas Break (the vet up here charged me $84 for coggins and health cert., I'm going to wait for the vet that actually knows my horse haha).
Anyone have a similar experience or know what direction I should look? All of those herbal calm-mare supplements do nothing.
Be wary of the horse with a sense of humour. - Pam Brown