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post #1 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Lyme or heat?

My senior horse is generally a very mellow Thoroughbred Paint cross, practically bomb proof, but last night he was extremely agitated and I am wondering why. As I rode I in the ring I could feel that he was ready to take off at any moment, he was also calling out and shaking his head. I tried several things to calm him and get him to listen to me. I did circles, I backed him up, I wove through jumps, nothing worked. I finally got off and lunged him and his canter was more like a gallop. I finally got him calmed down and we called it quits. When I rode him the day before he was his normal quiet self, so this was a sudden change.
So here's the question, when my previous horse, a senior mare, had Lyme she acted exactly the same way. I did find what I think is a tick bite on my guy and am wondering if that is what is going on. On the other hand, his special pasture mate, a paint mare, is in heat and she and her rider were just leaving the ring as I was entering, so I am wondering if that is what set him off. BTW, he is not the only horse in his paddock exhibiting behavior changes. Another gelding, normally very chill, attacked the horse in heat yesterday. What do you all think?
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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I forgot to add that I recently put my horse on a nutrient supplement and beet pulp because he was losing weight.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 07:15 AM
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Hes losing weight and he is suddenly spooky - I know it is expensive, but some blood work is in order, IMHO:)

Might as well also have the vet check his eyes:)
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Good point, better safe than sorry. I will have him tested.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 08:57 AM
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Given your location and the behavior changes, I agree it doesn't hurt to test. Hopefully it's nothing but better to know.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 09:19 AM
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The blood work will give you peace of mind but, I bet the mare in heat and the calling out to her is the problem. He got a good sent of her when she was leaving and he would prefer being with her over working in the arena with you.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 09:41 AM
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His change in behavior is probably the mare being in heat. Some gelding's loss there brains over a mare in heat.

Personally I wait an see if he goes back to his normal self,when the mare goes out of heat.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 11:57 AM
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I agree with those that are suggesting it is heat induced. I'd give it a few days for her to go out and see if he changes his tune.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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