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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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Old 09-27-2018, 07:30 PM   #4
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I know this is an old post and probably you don't need any more input but I thought it would be a good place to put some information we have acquired in the last 3 years.

We had a mare who was wonderful and had always been a sweet easy going trail horse. She was a Walking horse that we raised. All of a sudden I noticed she seemed to be spending a LOT of time with her head hanging in the pasture when everyone else was grazing. This happened over and over enough that I knew it was out of the ordinary. Then this horse who had NEVER spooked much at anything because super spooky on the trail. I knew for sure something was wrong.

Took her to the vet and did blood work, check for worm load and physical exam. Vet could find nothing wrong. Doing some reading at the same time because my other mare was having neurologicl seeming symptoms. She was moving very strangely in the back. From all my research LYME disease fit symptoms of both my horses and also EPM on the one. So I had them tested for both. They were both positive for LYME. The walking horse was chronically infected and has never been the same. My other mare was not chronic but still tests high on a titer. I hold my breath all the time praying it will not come back. Hope you resolved your issue amicably and are enjoying driving again
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