Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Upstate New York
• Horses: 0
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?