6 year old Paint mare
-Bucks when riding (yes, this is most likely behavioral but maybe not paired with her other symptoms)
-Extremely grumpy and has kicked out when touching her sides and belly...especially does NOT want the curry anywhere near those areas (I have gotten it under control but only because she knows she will get in trouble for doing it...I can still read in her body language that she does NOT like it)
-Recently started biting at her sides, occasionally she will bite at her belly as well, lifting her back leg up to get to it
-Most of the time the biting is on her right side
-Does not like her withers/shoulder area touched
-Poops fine etc.
-In turnout with an older mare that she is attached at the hip with when she is out there (she's not herd bound though, she comes right to me when I arrive) and a gelding that my mare and my mare's buddy kind of boss around
**This mare reacts to pain. When I first got her, she was going great for the first 3 months I had her - never threatened to buck. I got a new saddle and got bad advice on the fit. I used it for a month and during that month she got grumpier and grumpier until eventually she started kicking out and bucking. Had a chiropractor out and she was in mod-severe back pain. Took her out of riding for 2 months and got her better. Got back on and the problem is not solved (still bucking) although chiropractor says she is in perfect shape other than a little stiffness due to her always being so tense. She has always been weird about people touching her sides. Ground manners are perfect - I could enter a halter class with her no lead rope and she'd do great. She is otherwise a very sweet and willing mare. As an example to how she reacts to pain, the other day I was out with her grooming her and she started acting grumpy. Made her lunge as soon as she lifted her leg. When I was lunging her, I noticed her right eye looked dark (almost bruised) around it and it was goopy. Looks like she got mud in it. I wiped out the goop and put some topical antibiotic in it. As soon as I finished with her eye, she stood quiet and still for grooming and was very sweet. Many people are telling me that her issues are behavioral, but I can't help but wonder if this mare is in pain.