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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Silent Languages



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!). :)



10 comments:

  1. Oh my, that would explain a lot.

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    1. Yeah it makes a lot of sense the more I think about it!

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  2. Sending lots of love your way. He is still cute af

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  3. Oh wow! That would make me spooky too! Interesting. Perhaps he's always had some degree of hearing loss, and it's progressed over time? I don't really have any experience with a deaf horse, but I do have a really spooky one... I guess my only advice is to have a vet come check and make sure there's no infection?

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    1. Yeah the vet is out next week for dentals so we will get everything all checked out :) It's so random but it explains so much about his behavior lately.

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  4. There was a young medicine hat paint at the barn a few years ago who was deaf. Sweetest mare ever, and we started her with zero issues. Only issue was on the trail she'd startle a bit when things came up behind us suddenly, but honestly not any more than Bridget does. I just thought it was something to work on. I seriously didn't know until the vet checked during an annual check up, he was like "ohh, this color, I have couple of clients whose horses are deaf *claps hands*...hey, wait a minute! Lol:) Looking back, she must gave been reading everyone's body language the whole time because I'm pretty chatty to the horses and she seemed responsive to it!

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    1. Things coming up behind him are what seems to spook him the most so that kind of ties in with the mare you knew! I'm curious what my vet has to say (I don't think they have the equipment to conduct a BAER deafness exam so it might be the clap test too haha!)

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  5. Uhhh, that really makes a lot of sense, and hell, I'd be spooky also! I have no experience with deaf equines, but I hope you find some answers soon!

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping with some time and patience he and will both adjust well to this change :)

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