I have had my 9 y/o silver dapple mare, Whinney, ever since she was a 5 month old weanling. She has always been the in your face, give me a cookie, pet me all over kind of horse. Lately she is cranky, leave me alone, do not touch me anywhere other than my neck and face. When you touch her near her flank and ribs she swishes her tail and turns with beared teeth and flinches. I am honestly thinking ulcers. I have rubbed and pushed everywhere on this mare and other than some already diagnosed arthritis in a rear ankle (from a previous injury) that is being maintained on supplements and not causing her pain now, I can not find anything! I am personally down to ulcers with her being this way. Her flank is the most sensitive area when you touch her. She is still very in my face and wants a treat but prefers I not touch her other than her face and neck. Shoulders back is off limits. I am getting two horses gelded on the 19th of this month, so she will also be seeing the vet then.
Does anyone have any other ideas? I am about to put her on a ranitidine regimine and see if she changes any cause I already have it on hand and asked the vet earlier on the phone and he said it is worth a try. Might save us some hassle by the time he comes out.