Let me start off that I do feel sorry for horse I am speaking about in this post, on the other hand I am the advocate of my own horses wellbeing.
My BO took in an older horse with balance issues ( not sure the cause of balance issues or possibly combo of causes but… I know the horse was diagnosed with EPM, is said to have bad stifles via farrier and I can visibly see the amount of hock arthritis he has.
As such when he walks his hindend is basically swinging all over the place, some times to the point it looks as if he will fall over while walking or has to “side pass " to get anywhere. While he stands he leans way over to one side looking " windswept”. I am amazed he can stand that way without falling to one side.
Also from lack of lying down to get REM sleep, he collapses from sleep deprivation
The problem now is— he is leaning on and/or plowing into on my horse on a consistent basis. ex: just walking into him when he wants to go somewhere and making him move out of the way by bulldozing him essentially ( mainly because my horse is slower walking than the other horses and the other horse will literally “walk him down” until my guy just gives up trying to walk/run away. the other horse wants to be by his side CONSTANTLY, I mean annoyingly so, like glue.
I have told the barn owner my concerns and even after I did, I get photos sent to me of my horse being leaned on with full body weight from the other horse thinking LOOK HOW CUTE! And the other responses to my concerns are " He ( my horse) can still turn around and kick him) "
I am sorry, but I know my horse won’t want to start a pecking order fight unless he is absolutely sure he can win it, and at 30yrs old with arthritis issues himself, that is not a good response to have in my opinion. The horse may be weak in the hindend but he definitely has his weight,size and bullying capabilitiy on his side vs my guy. (Heck. I can suckered punch a guy 2x my size once…but probably only once)
I do not find the BO’s pictures cute or responses agreeable.
I have lately found my horse oddly covered in wet sloppy mud ( in a very peculiar pattern, NOT looking like a normal rolling, but rather falling down ex: mud all down the FRONT of his chest, also down his shoulder,etc.)
my horse does not usually roll in wet sloppy mud , so that is so a red flag ( especially with other dry places to roll)
In my opinion it seems my horse has been on a downward spiral ever since this horse was added to the herd.
I have asked for my guy to be separated from the other horse or vice versa, but seems BO doesn’t think it is needed.
BO really has not taken the time to watch the antics of the herd.
I am at my wits end, but I think it is cruel to even think about moving a very much older horse from his herdmates that he is accustomed and the barn life he has known for many years.
I am just trying to get some ideas other than the obvious one…MOVE!
Also what are some signs that an older horse should be separated from the herd to you?