Hey, Have you tried talking to the previous owner to get their advice on how they handled him and what they used to feed him etc? They may have experienced the same thing. It takes some horses longer than others to settle in and bond with their new owner. Perhaps with time he will settle down. If you have him checked by the vet and his tack etc and all is fine, it may just be a case of getting the right feed, excercise, routine and perhaps natural calmers. Its a case of trial and error.
Deio was abit of a night mare when he came to us. Very stressy little bugger, Npped, barged and weaved horrendously!! (it was heartbreaking as we wernt told he did this.) but now he very rarely does it! Its great. I feed him twice a day around the same times in the morning and night. He has alfa a oil, d&h leisure mix, and allen & page calm and condition (which is non heating, you just soak in cold water) in his food. He has 24/7 turnout with his friend, s regulary excercised and has ad lib hay is he also has lots of field toys like boredom breaker, gym ball, snak a ball etc which helps him blow off the extra steam! I also do parelli with him which is a real help because it makes them think and listen to you.
The suggestion of hacking him out with a friend who has a sensible horse would be very beneficial, it will aslo help you to gain your confidence back.
Good luck, Stay calm, and dont worry.... im sure you will conquer the silly fizzy horsey x
02 April 2009 19:44