Horse twitches when I touch his side or belly?!?!Suggestions please

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    12-21-2010, 09:24 PM
Horse twitches when I touch his side or belly?!?!Suggestions please

Whenever I touch where I circled inthe picture he twitches and will swish his tail sometimes. Now I've thought about Ulcers because he's a OTTB and were having to feed him so much right now. But he's not showing signs, he's eating fine, acts normal, drinks normal, and doesn't have lose stool. He was 300lbs underweight when we got him so he's getting a lot of food right now till he gains it back. Could this be a sign of ulcers? Also would it hurt to put him on a daily suppliment for ulcers just to prevent them?

Also I have thought that it might be where they would hit him with the crop when he raced. They lady I got him from said they used to beat him pretty bad so that he would run?

Heres the pic just for reference easier to show you then tell you..
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    12-21-2010, 09:59 PM
Cute horse. Maybe he is just sensitive there. A lot of horses are.
If you are not having other symptoms I would just figure it's sensitivity and just not touch him there too much.
How's it going with him otherwise?
    12-21-2010, 10:06 PM
If he came from a bad home then he is sensitive there. My mustang, that was his worse spot everytime you touched him right there he would flinch really bad. You just need to desensitize him. Just keep touching that spot everyday until he starts to relax and he will get that it's nothing. She might have hurt him really bad once there or something and that's why he flinches so bad. Keep trying that and see how it goes.
    12-21-2010, 10:08 PM
Well he's going great gaining weigh like a champ. He looks even better than that picture now. My camera broke so I don't have any new pics. I've ridden him a few times just like once a week the vet said it was ok to walk/trot just no to much. And he's good, very lazy so far. Only problem I have with him is he's herd sour. He did try to throw a fit once, so I pulled his head up and gave his a very little kick and that was the end of it. I love him.
    12-30-2010, 04:23 PM
My OTTB mare does the exact same thing in the same area,her respnse is agression to that area (not me) for sure an old injury or post traumatic :(
    12-30-2010, 04:25 PM
Most horses are ticklish/sensitive in their flank area. Your horse is just acting like many of them do.
    12-30-2010, 04:30 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Most horses are ticklish/sensitive in their flank area. Your horse is just acting like many of them do.

It has absolutely nothing to do with them being 'abused'. Seriously folks, that's a typical, routine, normal horse response!
    12-30-2010, 04:31 PM
Exactly, SR.

Even my bomb proof your 90 year old grandmother could ride old man can get grumpy if you are tickling him in his flank.
    12-30-2010, 04:34 PM
My horse does the same thing, don't all horses?
    12-30-2010, 04:40 PM
Pretty much, Katesrider..... yes.

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