Worried about Brewer, Please HELP!!!
So Brewer has been acting not himself lately. It all started last Friday, during my lesson, when he refused a jump for the first time. I've been riding him five months, and I have NEVER seen him act like that before, he looooves jumping and will jump anything he can. Later that night, at my show, he refused 4 times and threw me off by stopping dead around a turn.
A few days later, we set off again, determined to conquer that course that had him so frazzled on Friday. One of the jumps he refused SIX times before he would go over. SIX! And it was a generic vertical, no flowers no nothing to scare him. He has also started wheezing when he works, and sweats quickly.
Today, he wasn't good either. He was a jerk to catch in the field, which is strange, usually he will trot up to me as soon as he sees me which is so sweet. But today, everytime I got near him he would take off, bucking and kicking out at any horses that got near him. He bit Snowman, a 12hh pony on the neck and kicked Orion in the chest, neither of which were doing anything except running away from him as he cantered towards him. He even threatened to kick me! I have never seen him act aggressively towards any person or horse, no matter how bad they deserved it. I had the feeling he was on the bottom of the totem pole, because I always find bruises and cuts on him.
While I was tacking him up, he hacked a huuuuge cough and splattered the stall door with mucus, in a spot literally bigger than my hand with all my fingers stretched out. It was disgusting but also worrying!!
Then, while I was riding, he kept breaking down from the trot and canter, and swapping leads because he was tired. He was also stumbling all over himself, tripping over nothing. I finally ended it after about 20 minutes when he tripped so hard he almost went down.
Now he is 23, is his age catching up with him? I am just sincerely worried about the poor guy. Sorry its so long I just wanted to give the whole story...