So Lacey has always nickered a little when I get off after riding her but today she was nickering and whinnying and basically freaking out when I got on the first time. Then, she was fine during the ride, btw, when I got off she did the same thing.
I took all her stuff off and took her over to the mounting block to get back on because I usually ride her bareback back to her field since I'm lazy (haha). As soon as I got her lined up with the mounting block, she started backing up while nickering and whinnying and having her mouth right near my leg. I decided to keep going since I figured it was nothing and I didn't want her to learn that she could get out of being ridden. Well, I got on and she BIT ME IN THE LEG!!! She had her ears forward and I think she was trying to grab my pants and missed but since when does she even try to touch people with her teeth??? Seriously. She let go as soon as she felt my leg but I was concerned by that point, I mean, she has NEVER EVER threatened to bite or actually tried to bite anyone in the year and a half I've known her.
She then nickered a few more times and settled down. I rode her in a few circles then got off because if she was really hurting I didn't want to push her too far.
Well, as I got off she started jumping around and humping her back like she wanted to buck (while nickering and whinnying) so I was super confused. I started feeling around on her back for areas she might be sensitive because I was really feeling like she was trying to tell me something. She didn't flinch at all when I ran my fingers kinda deeply down her back but she did kinda look at me when I poked her lower flank area (which she doesn't usually care about me touching) so I poked her a bit harder and BAM she KICKED ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She's never kicked before, ever. I've seen her kick another horse about once. She's not aggressive at all. This is very very out of character for her.
Thankfully I was standing very close to her so she only caught the inside of my upper thigh, but boy do I have a bruise and it's only been 3 hours.
So my conclusion is that she's in pain of some sort... Do you think she could be having some sort of reproductive issues that are making her all lovey but then sensitive down there? She's really not obvious when she's in heat, never mare-ish and this behavior is SOOOO SUPER out of character for her.
What could this be? Do I need the vet to come see her? Chiro? She had all of last week off except for Monday and Friday and yesterday and she was totally fine all of those days. Nickering of course, but that's what she does. Should I give her more time off? I warmed her up for a good hour before riding today, we did 15 minutes of ground driving and then some hand walking and a small smidge of free lunging.
Help? I'm really kinda worried about her....