I had been talking to Tori and Autumn(? Really bad with names sorry. :( ) last night on chat about this and I thought I would add some details now that I had gotten a chance to think about it a tad bit more.
So what has happened is...
I brought my Appaloosa home the other day (Wednesday) because the leasee wasnít feeding him, on top of other reasons but that being the most predominate one. Well yesterday I went to go ride because I was done with barn chores early and would love to enjoy my horse. I tied him like I would normally and he started getting antsy (Note 1), I got him to settle some and started brushing him and cleaning out his hooves in which he proceeded to keep trying to put them down (Note 2). I was able to get them all clean and began to put the saddle pad on and he started kicking toward his stomach. So my first thought was "well you probably needing your junk cleaned" and I stuck my hand up there and wow was it crusty and gross. I cleaned it out the best I could without water and he seemed to settle down even more and he let me know that he was done with that with lifting his leg at my hand (sounds like an oxymoron). I then went and got the saddle and put it on him and began to tighten the cinch and he was being girthy (Note 3). So I took everything off of him and took him for a walk instead and eat some of the old hay fields that are on the property, and gave him wet grain when we got back.
Note 1: This was a really big issue when I had first bought my horse, I since have corrected it and worked him through it. But the leasee let him eat grass when she was tacking him up and tied him to the side of a trampoline to keep him from wandering.
Note 2: I have NEVER had this problem, ever with this horse. I guess itís out to the lounge line I go with this new problem. He's not fond of his hooves being picked up but not in a disrespectful way.
Note 3: I have never had this problem either. I did check for pinching and other hang ups, and even undid and adjusted the saddle and tried again.
Other Notes: He can be a herd dependent horse, where the leasee was keeping him he was with 5-7 other geldings (didnít really know about this one) that had free range of about maybe 2 acres. And where he is at now he is by himself for now. He does have ribs showing so I am switching feed to something more balanced verses the Tractor Supply sweet feed he was on. He was a hard keeper when I first got him and I worked his diet to be away from that to a point where he would manage weight and not flux weight.
Well I was talking to one of my friends and she says itís just probably stress from not being with all of his old herd mates. He is having BMís and eating. I did go check on him this morning and he seemed a bit anxious but he was moving and not lying down.
What do you guys think? I'm headed to work and will answer any "rebuttal questions" you have when I get a break.
Any input would be great!