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post #1 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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What the heck happened??

I have an OTTB gelding nine years old, I ride english pleasure and he has an old hock injury but I give him hock injections and supplement and he moves just like everyone else no problem..

I have had him for 6 months and never had this problem riding him...
A couple nights ago he was moving wonderfully and obeying me when working on cantering which he likes to be sloppy but was moving great and going on the right lead, after a great ride I decided to walk him to cool off and start working on flexing his poll at the walk with some light contact.

Then all of a sudden he would come to a complete stop, at this point though I had dropped my crop, so It took a really good kick just to get him walking and everytime I tried to flex him he would do a complete stop or try to yank the reins out of my hands and when he did walk he started throwing his head and trying to brush my leg into the wall! Idk what happened.. his saddle has been checked has never been a problem, even have a nice therapeutic pad his teeth were done 3 months ago, his feet have bee wonderful and trimed a month ago..

I dont know what happened! I was riding like I always have and wasnt putting less or extra pressure on the bit..

What did I do?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 12:11 PM
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Is this the first time you have asked him to pull his head around to the side? and how far are you pulling/asking? does he need to twist his head in order to reach around back? I mean, so that the long line of the nose is no longer vertical, but at an angle?

He is likely stiff somewhere and if you are pulling too much, it causes him soreness. you might do thins little by little, giving nice full releases in between each one, and allowing him to walk on a loose rein as part of the whole excersize.

can you also do carrot stretches with him, on the ground, when you go get him and tack him up?
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-23-2013, 07:01 PM
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If you have never done anything like that with him before, it might be as simple as him not understanding what was being asked. One thing I learned very quickly with OTTB's, is they need to be taught new things very clearly or they can become frustrated. Whenever you do something new, do just thing "A" until he gives you the right answer, and only then move onto "B". Most are very quick learners, and once they know it they don't forget. Make sure you are cueing him correctly for what you are asking. Hope that helps.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 12:30 PM
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Could that be a back issue? I worked with the gelding once that all the sudden started to behave strangely (up to the point of bucking when asked to do certain things). Ended up he kicked the wall hard, and perhaps hurt his back. After couple weeks off he was just fine again.

I'd try flexing and stretches on ground to see how he reacts to it. May be some lunging too.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-25-2013, 09:20 PM
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Could be a tooth issue, even if just done....that does not mean he didn't bite wrong on feed, or hit a rock and crack one...or that there is not something stuck in his soft palate, or between gum and tooth?

Chiro would be good too, if hasn't seen one recently?

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