August 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm
Before I say the issue I will let you know quick history of the horse. Born in a roping stables but shipped to another state to become a congress level show horse in western pleasure then sold to close friend of mine who trained her for showmanship and continued her pleasure training for congress. After her husband died she struggled with her horse career and was financially unstable due to all the cost from her husband’s illness so her horses suffered by the hired hand only feed and watered to horses enough to keep them alive so the horses had a couple feet of manure, not been trimmed for 2 years, and not been out of their stalls for 2 years. (keep in mind my friend had no idea about the conditions until I came to purchase this horse from her) After several months she has the healthiest feet in my barn and is a calm and smart mare. I have been showing her at only open shows that trailer in but decided to try a high leveled show. I arrived and she was laying down in her stall and sleepy. But everything changed the next day… She had her feet on the top of and 8ft stall and was using her hind feet to try and push out! Luckily she only scratched her chest but we had to withdraw from the rest of the show. The stalls have all white sides but one open side with narrow bars. The ONLY thing we could think of was afraid of being trapped again (if it reminded her of her old home) Any ideas?August 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm
It might have been the white sides, which are not normally found in most barns. Or, she could be one of those (and I have two of them) who just do not like to be stalled. You could try music – play it at home and at shows, so there is something familiar to her. Another possibility (might be difficult to do) is to take her somewhere, put her in a stall, but only for a short time and then bring her back home. Does she have a favorite companion? One who could accompany her (a goat would be better than another horse, as a goat could stay in her stall). Of course, the goat thing could lead to other problems, if you had to take her somewhere without it. It might also be that the few months you have had her just aren’t enough to build complete confidence that she won’t be abandoned, and time might cure that. Good luck, and let us know how she does.
It is never the horse's faultAugust 9, 2016 at 11:11 pm
I appreciate your reply and I almost thought of bringing pictures of some sort to put in her stall after wards but the show was way to far to drive back and forth. I might try the music next time even if it sounds silly lol. She actually is terrified of goats even though she was an old roper but at this show you could only bring one horse per person and 3 class maximum due to the size. (ps she isn’t buddy sour,We put horse earplugs in, and I take her to about 20+ shows from early may to oct and never have had problems till this show) but any other ideas are open to suggestions!August 10, 2016 at 5:32 am
A lot of barns keep music on for the horses, so it is an old and proven relaxation technique. I’d try it first, because it is cheap and easy. The only other thing I can think of (and it would not be fun) is to sleep outside her stall. Or, you can try SmartCalm, so long as the ingredients would not disqualify her. Without knowing your horse, it is difficult to give really helpful advice.
It is never the horse's faultAugust 10, 2016 at 7:21 pm
Funny thing is we did sleep by her stall the night before and where planning to that night but will definitely try the music and thank you agian for your help and ideas.August 10, 2016 at 7:56 pm
Good luck, and please let me (or us) know how it works!
It is never the horse's faultAugust 11, 2016 at 10:16 pm
Ok thank you and I would let yo know but I not going to congress (bc of my horse’s arthritis she’s out of that high level) and the rest of the show season are trailer in open shows. But thank you again!August 12, 2016 at 3:23 am
My boy is on Smartflex Senior for his arthritic issues – maybe it would help your girl?
It is never the horse's faultAugust 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm
I thought about trying smartpak after the stuff I received form the lameness vet but the supplement I have now (is the same exact stuff bc I read the smartpak ingredients) works well so I wont need injections if it continues to work but I appreciate your concern!
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