Need suggestions about very uptight horse
Nick is a 7 year old TWH gelding. I have owned him for about 2 years. He is out of the Prides Generator blood line so his rather hot tempermant may be in part related to his pedigree. However, there are a couple of strange characteristics about this horse that puzzle me. First of all, he seems to dislike being touched, scratched or petted. He also does not like to be groomed. I have to put him in cross ties in order to keep him controlled enough so that I can thoroughly groom him. I have to put up with him moving the entire time that I groom him along with pawing at the ground and he occasionally tries to bite me. Also, while grooming, he often kicks up at his abdomen. He is also extremely sensitive around his flank area. One other strange thing about my boy is that he urinates more frequently than any other horse that I have seen. He might urinate 4 times within one hour. And these are prolonged urinations, not short dribbles. He does not seem to be in pain when he urinates and he does not drink an excessive amount of water. Someone suggested to me that he may be diabetic (not sure that horses can be diabetic). Others have suggested gastric ulcers or an alfalfa reaction. I took him off all alfalfa for about 30 days and his behavior did not seem to change. So, I am open to any other suggestions that fellow Horse Forum users might have to offer.