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        05-24-2014, 11:36 PM
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    Sometimes tail swishing means they are niggly, but by what you say, I could be wrong.
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        05-25-2014, 01:48 AM
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    I don't know about when they had him. I can't remember exactly about when I first got him, but I'm thinking he did.
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        05-25-2014, 01:52 AM
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    Another example of him swishing his tail, is when I stand up on a stool next to him to braid his mane or something, when I first step up on it beside of him he'll raise his head really high, pin his ears, and swish his tail. Then he's ok. This sounds more like a bad attitude, but why, I don't know. So there's times like this, and there's times like saddling and backing that sound more like pain. I am stumped :/
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        05-25-2014, 08:42 AM
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    He really sounds like a horse that is very unforgiving and intolerant. Some horses are just naturally more ill-tempered that others. It goes strictly back to inherent disposition. I would definitely lose the spurs. If you are showing 'judged' classes, it is very hard to place on a mad horse that is wringing his tail.
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        05-25-2014, 09:23 AM
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    His neck soreness may have something to do with being a bit sore in the front end, particularly his hooves. The path of the nerves goes up the leg to the poll and along the back. The horse tenses the muscles on the same side of the body which can appear as a sore or stiff neck. Stand directly in front of him and look at his nostrils while he is relaxed. A horse will enlarge the nostril on the side he is experiencing soreness. MY vet showed me how a horse will respond to hind end soreness with a spot just behind the croup, altho my horse didn't respond. Of course, these are indicators and one begins the task of finding out just where the horse is sore. The front end soreness spot is in the region of where the front of the bars on a western saddle would sit. This is sometimes mistaken for poor saddle fit.
         
        05-25-2014, 10:08 AM
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    If you're taking a survey, put my vote on the "grumpy" rather than "ache-y" side.

    My mare is grumpy. She doesn't like dogs, cats, sometimes people; and she LOATHES other horses. Swishing her tail is her way of showing her displeasure, of protesting (when she has had enough of being messed with), of saying "back-off."

    Interesting side story: For the past 12 days, I have been treating my mare twice a day for cellulitis. Each visit includes dousing with cold water, dosing with medications, flushing the wound site, walking a mile, and dousing with cold water again before I leave. It takes me about an hour each time. She's absolutely fed-up with being messed with, at this point, and I can't say that I blame her. When the infection was at its worst, she was in a lot of pain, but she didn't swish her tail at all. In fact, I could tell she was feeling more normal when she began swishing her tail again!

    Anyway, I noticed in your original post that you said your gelding tends to be "grouchy" and added that he tail-swishes when he backs-up (which is one of a horse's least favorite things to do). So I'm thinking he's like my mare -- a curmudgeon who shows his displeasure by tail-swishing. Just my two-cents.
         
        05-25-2014, 11:34 AM
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    Someone mentioned hooves...he has mismatched front hooves, with one being smaller and more upright and one being more spread out and lower heeled. Farrier says the 'prettier' one is the problem one, because he's spent more time with with his weight off it so it's more upright. The left front is the problem one, and he used to limp on and off. My farrier started shoeing him differently, and it has really helped, but lately it's crept back up again. He suggested maybe having it x-rayed, maybe wouldn't be a bad idea.
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        05-25-2014, 11:35 AM
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    It just hit me-left foot soreness, left neck soreness.
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        05-25-2014, 11:36 AM
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    Just throwing another thing out there-he never pins his ears under saddle, just swishes his tail. And he really only does it backing up. Much more grumpiness on the ground.
         

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