To bring a few to light:
- Almost every Sunday after trailering to my jump lesson saturday, she goes off her grain. I can go haul to a dressage lesson and she eats just fine though (I will admit though she is a lot less looky at the dressage barn then the jump lesson barn).
- She has gotten progressively more aggravated brushing or tacking up...especially girthy.
- She has been so incredibly back sore she buckled so low Christmas even I thought I might cry
- She yawns a lot...like abnormally a lot.
|Maybe if I dont look at her she wont notice I am here...|
So my initial attempt to treat the ulcers with Abler's pop rocks isnt working with her now being so picky. So plan B...I ordered their Stable Pack tubes in the hopes that will do the trick.
#3 is still up in the air on causes...so next steps on remedying it will have to happen as I check things off the list...below is what possible causes could be:
- Harder work schedule/jumping more so is sore in that those muscles are working harder right now
- New bit is making her way of going a bit different using new muscles
- Saddle Fit
- Ulcers (recently did some reading that ulcers can cause backs soreness)
|Doesnt Tillie just look so amused|
|Just hanging out in her stall|
- Some believe horse yawn with abdominal discomfort or when colicking (makes sense if she has ulcers...)
- To release tension (when done after riding or a chiro/massage treatment)
- Stretching their jaw after the bit comes out or if they tense their jaw when riding
|not a yawn, but stretching after chiro and just adorable.|
Of course I cant help myself and continue reading more and more as there seems to be no shortage on the theories of why horses yawn....
- another source says horses yawn when they are stressed as a calming effect to release endorphins and then associate that nice feeling so do it when they arent...Thats super helpful right?
- Drowsiness or rather they will when starting to wake up from snoozing
- To catch their breath if they have been holding their breath or not getting enough air intake
- After something pleasant happens (lol way to contradict everything else I have read right?!)
- Yawn when their state or arousal changes pleasant or unpleasant...after being stressed or frightened or after something they enjoyed (again super helpful....)
- Last and most frighteningly least, yawning can be a sign of neurological issues which is caused from a liver disease
Some articles adamantly insist is it stress and pain related while others insist it isnt and its simply a change in arousal (waking up) and drowsiness and some say all of the above.
I must walk away from google now...
My vet did question her ability to sleep and if her environment allowed for that. I truly think she can sleep just fine since many times in late afternoons Ill get pictures from barn mates like this:
So, in short, I have no idea why Tillie yawns. I may be turning this into a mountain when its a molehill...but in the meantime Ill try my best NOT to worry. Silly worry warrior just doesnt want to lay down and leave me alone!