The Winter Sillies - What to do?
I have had my OTTB for a little over a year now and she is my forever horse. I got her right off the track in September, so I thought her winter silliness last year was from just coming off the track. She had an amazing summer, learned a lot and really grew up. I was so proud of her, and I thought that the silliness was gone.
Well, winter is back, and so is her ridiculous behavior. It has nothing to do with her "being bad." She is sweet and loving. The problem is that she has a genuine fear of "winter sounds" aka snow falling off the roof, winter creaks, etc. She was totally fine until the little bit of snow that we got warmed up and started coming off the roof. I got a phone call at work asking if the vet could tranquilize her because she was throwing herself all over her stall in extreme fear because the snow fell off the roof by her stall.
We put up a blanket over her window, but the problem is that she can hear it above her head. Now she is scared of the indoor again (she was perfectly FINE until the snow) even if it is completely silent, and the slightest noise of any kind makes her jump sideways about 5 feet (thank god for my deep seat dressage saddle-I doubt I will be in my close contact all winter! haha).
They are going to put snow guards up above her window so that the snow falls at least a little further away from her. She gets 1st and 2nd cut hay, beet pulp and not a ton of grain. She is also turned out for at least 8 hours a day. When I ride I put ear plugs in, but she actually gets more nervous when she realizes she has had her hearing taken away and starts looking for things to be scared of. I don't think it is a matter of her getting more work because when I chase her around/ride she dogs it (until there is a sound, of course)
What do you suggest that I do?
I have considered putting her on some kind of calming supplement for the winter again, but I felt like the Quietex really didn't help at all last year.
I don't even care about riding her all winter, I just want her to feel safe and calm in the barn.