My horse is bucking everytime I put my leg on, not small humpy bucks, big bucks every transition. Especially at the canter, and especially on the right lead. I don't have a problem staying on because he seems to let one out every 3rd stride, I try to keep him going forward but it is nearly impossible.
He is a nine year old OTTB. Pasture 24/7 and on free choice alfalfa hay. He also is a cribber, but won't crib outside thanks to our electric fence. Shiny coat, healthy weight - has put on about 150-200 since october thanks to senior feed, now he barely gets any senior feed.
His attitude was awesome when I got him, only kicked out once or twice and was not sensitive at all to my leg. When I got him he was full of worms though and a lazy guy. Had the vet out and treated for worms, then he gained lots of weight within a month. When the weather got cold (-20 - -30 celsius) he was super bad, so I assumed he was cold backed and would warm him up beforehand. He was still pretty terrible but I could manage it since it was only at the canter. He was jumping awesome, and cantering lines, grids etc... Than it warmed up and the bucking got a lot better. After that it got to the point now where even trotting is a huge battle.
I never try to let him win, I try to just keep him moving forward. Always try to leave it on a good note, but either way he gets worse and worse.
So last week I had my vet out (the most recommended in my area). He did palpatations on his back and si area, and then did flexion tests. NO LAMENESS AT ALL. So he believed he had gastric ulcers because he saw his sour attitude.
So he gave me 7 tubes of gastroguard and told me that I should see a difference in behaviour hopefully by day 5-7 of treatment, than we know it is ulcers and we can treat accordingly.
I gave him time off and tried to ride today, and it is actually warm out, he was soo terrible.
We ride indoors fyi, but the indoor arena isn't heated.
Saddle is a collegiate, he has high withers like any tb and the saddle is a wide tree. I was using it with a half pad and he was going good in it for the first two weeks , and then he was fussy again. I now have a wither relief pad to fill in the saddle a bit because he still has a ways to develop a topline. The vet says that the saddle fit is fine with the wither relief pad and there is no sign of pinching or uneven sweat marks. So I don't believe it is the saddle!
Just wondering if anyone else had something like this, and what they did to fix it thanks!