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post #1 of 9 Old 12-23-2012, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Question Sensitive Belly!

I have a 9yr old, chestnut Arab Phoenix that is 15hh he is a normally great to work with, even after having almost no handling before I got him.

His only problem is every time I try to brush, touch or do the girth up under his belly he puts his ears back and trys to kick and bite. I can deal with this and have for horses in the past who were nasty all the time but this gelding is lovely and the only other time he was mean like this was when he was in pain with an abcesse. He is a very sensative horse as in he wont let me use any hard brushes such as dandy brushes on him but this is because his skin is so thin he needs a fly mesh rug, fly mask and spray.

But I still think hes in pain he doesnt bite at me he bites and the air. Somone said it might be back pain but u can put pressure on his back and he is fine he also gallops and kicks and rears around the paddock and can roll the whole way after a bath.

so does anyone have any ideas.!!!???
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-23-2012, 04:14 AM
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It sounds like your horse's saddle maybe doesn't fit his back and he is telling you when you tighten up the girth that it is causing him pain. That's probably also why he could be touchy even when you brush his belly, it's an anticipation of what could hurt him. Have you had him properly fitted for a saddle?
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-23-2012, 08:11 AM
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Add ulcers to the list of possibilities; those are classic signs

Regarding the sensitive skin:

What are you feeding him? I have one horse that is oat/corn/soy intolerant. He never enjoyed being brushed until I got him off all grains and started feeding him a quality vit/min supplement that is soy-free.

That was five years ago - he still doesn't like super stiff bristled brushes but he does enjoy being groomed since I changed his diet to grain-free and soy-free.

He also has seasonal environmental allergies - he gets an herbal mix for that when those start to flare up.

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No I havent had a saddle fitted to him, but I am getting new saddle for this week probably today with Cair so hopefuly I can fit it to him.

I feed him luecern/medow mixed chaff (2 scoops), copra wich is a coconut supplement (half a scoop), maxi coat (some sort of seeds) and a dairy mix (one scoop) which can be used for horses as well. He also gets 2 biscuts of luecern hay in the morning and at night.

Are there any clear signs other then those for Ulcers, should I get the vet out to check?
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My arab would move away from anything harder than a soft brush. If it was good on his face then that is what I had to use on the rest of him. I've known other arabs like this. Why would you feed a dairy mix - is he lactating?
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-25-2012, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
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No no its just we used to have 30 hectres but no we have only 2 arable and the rest are trails theres not much feed they lost a bunch of weight and so the vet seggested dairy mix! is it bad?
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can i ask aswell what kind of brushes do you use is it better to have ones made with natural products. For the girth i have a nunnah strip over it is that all i can do???
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You certainly want to explore potential pain problems, but to be honest, horses are instinctively very protective of their bellies and many horses do not like being brushed there. I just give them a little smack, tell them to quit, and continue with the brushing.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-25-2012, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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I no I would like to be able to give him a little hit, but his problem is he has a realy strong bond to me once I gave him a bit of a wack for nipping me and he diddent even look at me for 3 days thenhe wouldnt let me catch him and when i got on he wouldnt move. It was sort of like a brakeup lol.
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