Could this behaviour be to do with his teeth or ears?

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Could this behaviour be to do with his teeth or ears?

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        12-10-2010, 10:42 AM
    Could this behaviour be to do with his teeth or ears?

    So I havn't been able to ride my boy for about 2 weeks due to a crazy amount of snow and a very busy schedual however before that the last few times I rode him he was being very strange. He was holding his head very high, bracing his neck then yanking at his bit and refusing to slow down/calm down. Normally he is not strong and doesn't pull or snatch. After this happening twice I decided it was either his teeth or his saddle.

    I checked my saddle as it is a synthetic wintec saddle which you can change it yourself by checking the measurements of his withers with the kit and it shows you what colour should be in and it still is correct for his current shape. Since his teeth are due I assumed something was catching or knocking on his bit and left riding till I could get the dentist out.

    The dentist had to be postponed as the roads were terrible with the snow so now he should be coming out next week to float his teeth.

    However I have noticed the last few days that when I put his headcollar on he is jumping back or flinching when I try to put it over his ears, he'll let me do it he just seems odd about it. He has a leather headcollar which doesnt unbuckle except for under the chin to I slide it over his ears and have always done so without any issue.

    I then tried to have a look at his ears in the stable and he kept moving away after a few seconds of me touching them and then getting annoyed as I kept trying, he normally isn't bothered about his ears, however I don't do it very often so it may just be because they havn't been handled for a while.

    So do we think the riding issue is ear related? Teeth related ? None? Any imput would appreciated.

    I should also note he has no problem eating or weight loss and his ears look fine from what I seen but I didn't get a very good look.

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        12-13-2010, 04:03 AM
    As the weather is so bad there is he being turned out as often as he would normally be?

    My horse with no ear issues, does not like them to be handled much. So I am wondering if he is just stalled more as the weather is bad?
        12-13-2010, 09:14 AM
    Sounds like an ear issue or just "cocky" from being in more then normal
        01-18-2011, 03:56 PM
    I would definitely go with being a stubborn from not being worked regularly. Also if the ground is harder than usual it may be uncomfortable on his legs. My friend's 20yr old gelding has done the same putting his head high and trying to run home the past couple times I've ridden. But last ride the ground was softer and his head tossing drastically improved.
    If the snow is bawling under his hooves that may also attribute to a head held high (and un-smooth trotting)

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