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    07-21-2013, 05:11 PM
Green Broke
Could have deep seated abscess in muscle tissue too.

Or something wrong with the saddle internally.

Or you have saddle too far forwards.
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    07-22-2013, 10:25 PM
Originally Posted by Palomine    
Could have deep seated abscess in muscle tissue too.

Or something wrong with the saddle internally.

Or you have saddle too far forwards.
Doesn't have to be a muscle abcess... could even just be muscle soreness.

If his pectoral muscles are sore it could be because he has hurt himself playing in the paddock, he could have slipped over, it could be caused by an increased work load, or poorly fitting equipment in the past. :)

My gelding is a nightmare when his pecs are sore. He bucks, bites and is generally a grumpy little sod. His is caused by problems in his sacro-illiac area and the referred pain patterns stemming from that. It is quite easily managed with body work as needed. :)

If not, than I agree it could be ulcers.

Hopefully you find a cause soon and can start working with your horse to get him comfortable. Let us know how you go :)
    07-23-2013, 12:41 AM
Maybe the horse is trying to tell you to get off, that something is hurting when weight is added to the saddle. Over a period of 23 years my good trail horse used 3 saddles that were different in how they fit.
    07-23-2013, 04:10 AM
Green Broke
Sounds like ulcers. If it was saddle he would be hollowing out his back, or dropping his head straight down. No this is a gut issue. Time for a vet ,
    07-24-2013, 11:01 AM
Thanks again everyone for your info. Just another quick question, do you think it's ulcers still if he has no problem on the lunge line? I will have him walk, trot and canter while lunging and he has never bitten at his sides, occasional buck when he goes from trot to canter... But this has been without the saddle on. I'm hoping it's not ulcers :( He bites mostly at his right side, but occasionally will bite his left side while being ridden.

This weekend I'll work with him more and see if I can figure anything else out. I'm also going to take him to a chiropractor to see if maybe something might be out causing him pain?

Just hoping it's not ulcer related and maybe just the saddle fit?

Thanks again!
    07-24-2013, 11:33 AM
Hopefully it's the saddle fit- it's not uncommon to need a differently fitting saddle throughout various stages of your horses' life. Also don't fall for the illusion that changing your pad can correct for an ill-fitting saddle. Please keep us updated on this and good luck!
    07-24-2013, 11:56 AM
If you tell us about his living situation, stalled, pastured, how and what is he being fed, does he have his herd or are there constant changes? There could be several " red lights" pointing towards ulcers, including stress.
I'd still check saddle fit, he might not like that particular type of pad or cinch. So for now it would be more or less eliminating possible causes, one after the other, to find THE one.
    08-12-2013, 11:03 AM
Hi, just a quick update. I had a vet/chiropractor come out and check out my horse on saturday. She said that his ribs were out, also that he was probably missing selenium in his diet. She also pushed on ulcer pressure points on him and he did react to that as well :( So she's figuring it's a combination of all of these things put together that's giving him the problems. He is a rather sensitive guy.

She also checked the saddle fit and didn't think that that alone would be causing the problem. Didn't fit "perfectly" but not too bad.

He has a pretty good living situation, He's on about an acre of wooded pasture area. But there are other horses that move around as he lives at my parents boarding stable so there is constant change of horses, or he will get shuffled around if need be. His diet is only local grass hay. So we will be adding selenium supplements and the vet recommended for me to give him peppermint tea morning and evening to see if that helps a little with his stomach problems.

We will try the less invasive things first, then go from there.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! Crossing my fingers that all this will help him!
    08-12-2013, 01:32 PM
At least now you have something to " work" with.
As for deficient in selenium, I'd ask the local extension office about selenium status in your area and if supplementation is advised. Se can be overdosed easily.
Also make sure he's got hay available all the time. One of THE most important things with ulcers. You don't want that stomach acid eat on the stomach lining.

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