Today me and my mom decided to tack up and take Red for a ride (first ride in awhile) and he decided to, well, FREAK US OUT.
We got the saddle on him and he acted like he was literally going to pass out. His legs kept acting like they were going to give out. He acted like he was having a bad colic and it freaked us out. He had acted fine (better than he has in awhile) but the moment he felt the saddle, BOOM. We immediately got the saddle off, of course, and we put him straight back in the pasture to make sure he was alright. What did he do? Walked straight to the stall and started eating hay. He literally was acting perfectly fine, he was running around happy, being sweet Red again. This horse is SO smart that we were just wondering if he had faked it. We walked inside, got a hold of my Aunt who we got him from and she said she thought he had done that for once when they hadn't cross-tied him to tack him up. We've never cross-tied him before, and she told us to make sure we do and she thought he'd do perfectly fine. She's had him for a long time, and he doesn't have any health problems at all, nothing. He is perfect. She also said we may be feeding him too much, so we're gonna cut out some of the feed and cross-tie him. We decided we are gonna wait another week, get a cross-tie thing-y built and try it again.
I've never been so stressed in my life, all I could think is, oh my goodness, he's going down. We couldn't get the girth off fast enough and the moment it was undone we threw the saddle off and made sure he was alright. He acted fine.
I'm praying that he settles down, because we just can't have a horse that is in any way dangerous, I love this horse to death and I'd be so upset if anything happened. :/ I've been crying a little (Before we got in touch with my Aunt) just not knowing what happened. Time will tell us all, I suppose. Really hoping this guy is alright and he is just wanting to be cross-tied instead of being held by the reins while being tacked. :/ :/