My new horse was acting strangely on my ride this morning. I've tried to google what he was doing with no results that seemed to match my question.
When I was tacking him up he started making a grimace face...kind of a strained half-yawn. I thought he was just yawning..it was 9:30 am and about that morning nap time. So I continued on. He seemed a bit "off" at the trot but I've only owned him for 2 months so I thought maybe it was just a weird day for him. But then as soon as I picked up the canter he lifted his neck and head...tilted it to the right...head went kind of parallel with the ground and started making the grimace half-yawn again. I checked the bit (D-ring smooth snaffle)...checked the saddle...nothing weird. Tried canter again...did it again. Took him out of the arena...thought maybe too much arena work lately. Perked up a little but as soon as I started to trot did it again. Went to the trailer untacked...poked him everywhere...no obvious signs of soreness or lameness. Twisted his head...checked his teeth for points...smelled his breath for a rotten tooth, etc....nothing. Put him back in the pasture and he was making the grimace face quite a bit. He was drinking fine. Pooped and peed normal. Ate his lunch time snack normal.
He had his teeth done 2 weeks ago and I've been riding him 4-5 times a week since I bought him in the same tack. This is the first weirdness? ANY IDEAS?