Thursday, 7 June 2018
I think I may have found the answer to what caused Apollo's recent behavior issues, more detailed post here.
TLDR; he's been spooky af and just not himself (although recently he has improved a lot)
I worried about his vision, but now I think it's his ears not his eyes.
I think my big boy is mostly deaf.
I got the idea from my equine nutritionist during my consult yesterday. Last night at the barn I snapped my fingers all around his head and he didn't react at all, didn't even turn an ear towards my hand. Holy shit.
I have always thought he had some minor degree of hearing loss. Mostly because he doesn't wake up as easily from sleeping as the other horses. My previous farrier was convinced he was deaf (like 7 years ago) because of how hard it was for me to wake up him once. He did react to noise at that time so I didn't really think about it again. I think this is a new development. He is a medicine hat paint with blue eyes, which seem to be traits often associated with equine deafness. But there could be an infection or trauma at the root of this as well.
I would love to hear suggestions or experiences regarding hearing impaired equines! As mentioned he is doing much better lately but I am still going to have him checked out by a vet (just made an appt!). :)