I'm a little worried about Cinny, and I'm not sure what is possibly going on with him. My normally QUIET horse is suddenly a freakazoid. It doesn't matter where he is, the cross ties, his stall, turnout, he just always seems on edge. And just when I think he is going to relax he suddenly tucks his but under and flips out as if his butt was stung by a hornet. It then takes a good 10 minutes to calm him down but then happens again just as suddenly. This happens standing, or working. Tacked up or no tack. I just don't get it. This started about a month ago and is gradually getting worse.
When I work him, he tends to settle down and in to work after about half an hour to 45 minutes. He does not seem sore, off balance, or like anything is wrong with him while he works and he is actually starting to use himself better than he ever has. He seems to have forgotten whatever had crawled up his bunghole during his workout and there is no issue until the next time I get him out. And in the cross ties after working, he is relaxed, and very sleepy.
A little history, he HAS had what we thought to be ulcer flare ups. His vet put him on gastroguard a couple of weeks ago and he has had the full 2 weeks of treatment. He also get SmartGut Ultra as his daily maintenance. When his behavior started we just assumed it was an ulcer flare up and treated him, but this time the treatments have not stopped the behavior.
He was moved to a new barn about 2 months ago. Only a few people handle him and I have never seen them be anything but kind and gentle with the horses. I also started him on a new supplement recently SmartMuscle max and changed him from SmartGut to SmartGut Ultra. For feed he gets Brome Mix that the stable buys, and it looks pretty good. Cinny is pretty picky and he has been eating all of his food. He also gets strategy, which he has had every day for 2 years and also alfalfa/Timothy pellets because the vet said the high calcium content is good for his stomach.
Today was lesson day and he was just too dangerous. I could not control him on the lead line and when I put him on the Lunge Line he was a total out of control jerk. My trainer and I agreed that it was in the best interest of Cinny and all concerned if we did not do a lesson and just put him back in the turnout. HE was the worst he has EVER been.
I'm looking for ideas. Please tell me your thoughts, I am obviously missing something. I don't think this is just "spring" weather doing this. He is just so jumpy, squirrely and spooky at everything, and that isn't like him at all.