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    01-23-2009, 03:49 AM
Angry Refuses to do anythingg

Today I rode my horse as usual. I start with a 15 minute walm up and then do some trotting and cantering in my small paddock. Then I usually move into my big paddocks to practice rounding up the cows etc. My horse is only 3, and I have had alot of trouble with him. He has just started to get better but today he wouldnt trot and then after that wldnt even walk. I used all the usual aids and he just refused to listen. I took off his saddle to check his back as I had saddle problems before but everything was fine. I then took him back out and he did the same thing but just stood there.

I havent been giving him as much food lately as he was too energitic but now I think I may have cut it back too much.

Or mabey thers something wrong with his back.
any ideas.?
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    01-23-2009, 04:07 AM
How exactly did you check for back pain? What type of head gear are you using with him? When was the last time his teeth were checked? Are you 100% sure that your saddle does fit him well?
    01-23-2009, 01:05 PM
I agree with OneTooMany. For food, you should give him free choice of orchard grass or oat hay so that his tummy has something to digest and he feels satisfied when you want to work with him. You should take it slow with him and do some different things: poles, low jumping, trail riding. He's 3 and his attention span isn't fully there yet and he may be bored with doing the same thing everyday. Don't worry, just have patience and take it slow, little by little he'll come around ;) Good luck!
    01-23-2009, 01:55 PM
Have you changed his diet or just reduced it? Will he do groundwork? How long do you usually work with him?
    01-24-2009, 01:44 AM
He has no signs of backpain, no white patches and he doesnt flinch or anything where ever you press. Thers no signs.

Im using a snaffle bit with a normal bridle with a nose band.

I've put him out for a good feed in a fresh paddock and given him some chaf.

Thanks for your help, ill let you no how it goes next time I ride, which could be a while with this weather.. Thanks guys.
    01-24-2009, 11:25 AM
Green Broke
Maybe the bit is hurting him. We had to change Blue to a different bit even though we had used the same twisted snaffle for the past 4 years.
    01-26-2009, 03:02 AM
What bit did you change blue to.?
    01-26-2009, 03:14 AM

I had (with my past TB) bit-troubles, since then I now use a "mullen mouth" straight's fairly thick, one continuous bar-bit w/no break, and the horses seem to like it a great deal...It is alot easier on the mouth...It was this go-'round I decided instead of INCREASING bit intensity, that the opposite might work better....three horses seem happier (and easier to work) with a simpler bit... It also has the advantage of being a great deal easier to have your horse accept the bit, as it sits in your hand without collapsing in the middle...
Less fuss for certain.....

It may be worth a try...
    01-26-2009, 08:53 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Jakkii    
what bit did you change blue to.?
She had been in a full cheek slow twist snaffle, and I switched her into a full cheek happy mouth. They are a lot better bits, and I like it bunches better!
    01-26-2009, 11:36 PM
I have been going through the same thing with my three year old. She was working fine this fall, but as the months went on her behavior just got worse and worse. We figured out that she is having pain in her back. I would suggest evaluating every issue with him, check him over again for any sore spots etc. Generally speaking, just because a horse has no white spots, does not mean that your saddle is not pinching him. I would check him over again and evaluate every angle.

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