Horrid, dreadful horse owner
Okay, so now I feel like a terrible horse owner for not noticing something was possibly wrong sooner. So here is my rant/question.
I rescued my boy almost a year ago, and the first thing we had done was a vet check. The vet checked him out and found him to be healthy. Only skinny. Months later he was at a perfect weight, and my complete dream horse. He had not one single mean bone in him. Maybe some crazeyz, but not a drop of meanness. After owning him for about... 9 months, and only doing Western and Bareback, I finally had a dream come true, and got an English saddle. The transition was great! But, I started noticing something a little after we had purchased the English saddle. (like 1-2 weeks after) He started giving me pissy ears, and pissy looks whenever I gave him a tiny squeeze to get him going. (I don't kick him, he has never liked it, and last time someone kicked him, they immidiatly got bucked off) These pissy looks were coming more and more often, till the point that at any time I even barely squeezed him he always would give me a pissy look. Then, I started noticing that when I squeezed from a walk to a trot, he would do the pissy look, and walk a few more steps, until I squeezed one last time before he would finally trot, his face back to its normal, happy self. So, I know its sounds absolutely horrid, but I didnt think anything about this. Until now. I got up early this morning, and went out to hop on and ride my boy bareback before the day started. I left his blanket on as it was absolutley, perfectly, freezing. I hopped on him and he trotted off. When we got to were we ride I squeezed him and he gave me another pissy look, walked some more, and I squeezed one more time before he finally trotted. We got to a spot were we can almost get into a gallop before we have to slow down, and we took off. I squeezed, he gave pissy look, but obeyed and kept going. Next time around, I squeezed, and he pinned his ears, and kicked/buck (you could barely feel the buck, and it wasnt really a buck, as to kick out his foot he had to have raised his hind end. Anyway, he kicked out, and kicked the foot were I had barely squeezed him. I didnt know it was possible to bend like that. After that I hopped off, something was wrong. I went and fed him after that, and felt all along his girth line, he ears stayed pricked forward, and showed no signs of pain. So, now I'm wondering if this is maybe the girth on the English saddle gave him a bruise? Or is it possibly something inside him? And oh, take note, when I squeeze him, its only for about 2 seconds before I let off and he is usually already going. So, before you say call the vet, which I am going to do, what does it sound like? Please!
E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...