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Possible Agoraphobia in a horse

I have a young horse(4 yo) that I have bought recently and is wonderful in all but one sense.He is absolutely terrified of being out in the field, and hides next to the wall and under a tree, coming out only for a few seconds before dashing back in.It makes no difference if other horses are in the field with him or not.In the stable he has terrific manners and is very affectionate but will happily stand in the stable with the stable door wide open for hours without even attempting to leave.Is he homesick? This is nearly two months later and still no change, if I can't find a solution I will have no alternative but to return him to his original yard from where I got him.
  spiffchen on 2005-04-10
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Have you attempted to find out how he acted in his old yard? Did he have a "buddy?" Maybe another small animal? He is missing something, someone? I have a feeling it is not open spaces IF he stayed out in his other yard.

Have you walked him around as if nothing is wrong? They are like big children. Strong and needing strong love and handling. Too much sweetness in handling is uncomfortable. They have to know their place or they feel lost.

If he had a buddy, maybe the people would include this animal. Most times this cannot be done. If it is a dog, get another suitable strong mutt with the understanding the dog is for the horse and sleeps with it.

Maybe an object he liked a lot and misses?

Once I treated an older horse. The final clue was that he HATED the man that trimed his teeth and went downhill for two years after. I was the last resort before putting him down.

I treated him for the anger emotions and he recovered completely.

Let us know.

Blessings, Sabra
sabra last decade
If it is due to grief or loss-IGNATIA. Find out if he was this way at his old stable. If not, it is probably grief/separation/depression and IGNATIA works wonders for this.

Loneliness and abandonment issues, separation anxiety, aversion to the sun.=NATRUM MUR, tends to correspond with IGNATIA.

ACONITE-Fear of going into the ring-Like an animal that is afraid to go into the pack for fear of being picked on. Hysteria, panic, fear of being captured, handled, and in the possession of humans. Everything is sudden, sudden fear, etc.

PHOS ACID-Exhaustion, home sickness.

CALC CARB-Tend to be on the flabby side, love their home and do not handle change that well.

ARGENTUM NIT-Stage fright, hate performing, fear of crowds and people in general, runs when scared, trembles easily, restless, hurried, worried.

GELSEMIUM-Freezes when scared, opposite of ARGENTUM NIT, trembling, crouched postion, timid and shy by nature.

Need more info. Does he like to be consoled, touched, does he like warmth, cold, the sun, or not, affection, is he on the thin side or hefty side. Detail is important.

I suggest trying all you can before giving him up. Let him know you want to help him and let him know why you adopted him. He may have left behind someone he loves and misses. Or he may be afraid of change. Or something may have happened to him that reminds him of going out into the field, thus he fears it. Has he ever been into a field.

Have you thought about tying a rope to his halter and with an apple or carrot coaxing him out of the stall area, one step at a time, one day at a time? Always let him know what and why you are doing what you are doing, to earn his trust.

Try and teach yourself T-Touch (Tellington Touch). It will re-direct his energy and balance him.

Namaste27 last decade

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