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Anxiety issues?

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  • Lwendt99 Original Poster
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    We have a beautiful AQHA gelding, he is 16 years old and a full son of Hollywood Dun It. He is a sweet, sweet boy, loving and loves to be scratched and get his carrots. I purchased him from a roper and he had been reining trained as well as been used for roping. I bought him for my daughter who used him for horsemanship patterns, rodeos, flags and some barrel racing. Over the years he has become increasingly more high strung. He has always wanted to go fast and now has gotten to where he will almost lope in place. The most recent thing he is doing however is that he will start to shake – his whole body, like shaking when you are cold. He did it once before being loaded to go in a trailer, then again when just taken out of his pen to be shoed. These 2 incidents were about 2 months apart, did trailer in-between that time without the shaking. My vet only suggests acing him to calm him down but I don’t see this as truly helping him. I have literally tried every calming supplement out there from the least to most expensive and have not seen any difference in him. I also tried herbal supplements for calming and still nothing, It gets to a point where it could be very dangerous, not because he is trying to be bad, but he gets so worked up that he will decide to try and leap (over water, etc). He is in a large pen and gets turned out into about an acre at least once – twice a week to play with his buddies. Has anyone else had a problem like this and if so, what can be done to help calm and/or relax them? Thank you all for your help and advice in advance.

    KiRin_Kiger
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    Aside from all the supplements you tried (how long did you give each one to take affect?), what is his general diet? Any alfalfa? What type of grain?
    Some of the supplements can have negative effects, depending on his diet already (how much magnesium does he get, etc.). Raspberry leaves is a good natural way to help with calming, without the side affects. We get human grade in bulk (and Chaste Tree Berry powder for our mare).

    My Kiger gets rather rambunctious if I feed him alfalfa at all, so he doesn’t get that. Grazing forage, high quality grass hay, raspberry leaves (half a handful a day), LMF Showtime grain (and some additional lysine) is all he gets, and he stays pretty calm.

    "Ride fearlessly, but think carefully"

    Mapale Mapale
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    I agree with the above poster to check diet. Alfalfa used to send my mare into orbit. Once I took her off it, she calmed down. Something in his diet is too rich for your gelding, probably too much protein. Secondly he also sounds like he could use more exercise and turnout.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    The two previous posters pretty much covered what I was going to say. My horses are both fairly “hot”, and I have found that having them on 24/7 turnout, not much grain and no alfalfa have helped a lot. I also vary their routine, so they don’t get hyper about being ridden. If none of the suggestions work for your boy, you might need to find a horse psychologist or a different vet. Tranquilizing should only be used for a specific, short term issue (such as a horse who would rather go over backwards than be clipped), not something that seems to happen randomly for no apparent reason.

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