01-19-2009, 08:22 PM
| || | Old Age Problem?
I have an American Paint horse that just turned 24 years old. He is used as a lesson horse and only rides 2-3 times a week for an hour each time. The past month or so he has been very moody. When I go to saddle him he tries to bite, kick, spin, and rear. He has never ever given these problems before. I had my vet come out and he gave him a clean bill of health and said that he should be ridden a little more than 2-3 times a week to keep his legs in good shape and to keep arthritis away. Does any one have any idea what could be wrong with him or have a horse that does this? This gelding has never done this in all of his years until about a month ago. He has gotten to where I can't have anyone around when I saddle him, much less let my riding students do it themselves. After he is saddled he is an angel and a dream to ride. He has recently kicked me in the knee and put me out of the saddle for 6-8 weeks, but I can't part with him. He is my baby! Please, if anyone knows anything..it would be taken to heart