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Old 02-14-2018, 07:30 PM   #1
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Suddenly acting wild

I've had my mini mare, who is going to be turning 11, for 9 years
She used to be completely bombproof but over the years seems to get spookier and spookier.

Last year we were on the trail and she spooked- galloped and flipped the cart and took off.

It took about a month to get her back to normal .

Fast forward to this january.
She did it again. Flipped the cart- it wasn't too bad and I ended up working her after and she was fine.,

This month I tried to sack her out with plastic bags- always ending on a positive note.

Well now she's turned into a completely different horse.

She no longer neighs when i go out to feed. She always used to neigh and then follow close behind with her ears back and nickering.

I feed her and she waits until I walk away and then goes and eats.

Now here's the worst part.. She runs away when I go to approach her or pet her.
Like Spooky run away.

She's also super hard to catch now.
She will lunge her self around me and follow all my commands but when i try to get her to join up or go up to her to catch her she runs.

I put her in her stall thinking it would be a smaller area to catch her.
First she seemed fine but then kept running around in a circle while I was trying to halter her. She was also trying to go through the stall bars.

I honestly feel like I lost my horse. I don't understand what has happened to her.

I had a trainer come out and look- he had no clue.
I had the chiropractor come out and adjust her- said she was off on the right side.

Yesterday I was able to pet her rear and slowly get near her side to pet her while she was eating.

Today... well she ran away when I tried it.

She'll accept treats and then run

BUT! if I ask her to do a trick it's like her normal self comes back. She does the trick and lets me pet her.

I DO NOT understand what her deal is. I'm frustrated and depressed because my best friend is acting completely abnormal.

I'm like did I cause this with the sacking out?
It is a deficiency?

I switched pellets from Standlee to Sun mountain ( or something like that)

Can that be causing this?

Should I get the vet to check her teeth and draw blood?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm at a loss.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:55 PM   #2
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i'd get her vision checked.
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Old 02-27-2018, 01:01 PM   #3
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Vision check

I agree with the above poster. Get her vision checked. If that's not it, ask your vet what other options it could be.
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