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Behavioral Change in Filly

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Renae Brumley
Neonate
Username: Renaecd

Post Number: 8
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 09:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can a feed change cause a behavioral change? I switched a nine month old filly to a higher crude protein and higher TDN (energy) content feed. (I did it gradually, of course). Within a couple of days she became really jumpy. Everytime I would touch her she would flinch and jerk her head(more than just the norm for a young horse). She has also started rearing up while leading (which she has never done before and I work with her every day). She never cared about having her tail or mane brushed and now when I do it she has a hard time standing still--which is very abnormal for her. There are other changes--those are just a few examples. This filly was very quiet before and I was wondering if this higher energy feed could be causing the behavioral change. It could be that she is just trying to get away with being a brat! Anyway, let me know your thoughts....

Thanks!
 

Jenn
Breeding Stock
Username: Jenn

Post Number: 111
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would try her on a feed with lower "energy" content. Sometimes too much unused energy can make horses cranky and difficult to deal with.
 

Kim k
Breeding Stock
Username: Kimk

Post Number: 345
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 01:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree with Jenn, the higher energy content is could be causing you filly some trouble. If you want to continue using the grain, then I would suggest extra workouts which will use up some of the energy produced by the feed. Otherwise change feed
 

Lisa Weir
Breeding Stock
Username: Pals_pal

Post Number: 141
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 08:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If it happened suddenly, perhaps a chiropractor could help. The jerking head and rearing are common signs of a neck problem.

If it came on slowly as the new feed increased, I think you have your answer. :-)
 

Renae Brumley
Neonate
Username: Renaecd

Post Number: 9
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 10:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey everyone! I have switched her back to her old feed...she is acting completely "normal" again! I just can't believe the feed made that much of a difference! Thanks!
 

Jenn
Breeding Stock
Username: Jenn

Post Number: 121
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 09:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Feed can make huge changes in behavior. A friend of mine has a gelding that is a sweetheart....unless he gets oats. All it takes is about 2 cups of oats and he is a knuckle head, can't ride him, impatient, pushy. No oats and he is quiet, well behaved, responsive, generally great horse.



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