I thought I would get your guys opinion on something. Do you believe a horse as they get old can develop a bad attitude or that they can just get grumpier with age?
We have had my husband gelding for almost 6 years now he will be 13 this year. We have noticed that over last year or so his attitude is pretty bad.
He always had his ears pinned. When you try to pet him he pins his ears and acts like he is going to bit you. Even when he is coming up to you he has his ear pinned. Our farrier thinks it's funny that he is so grumpy but I am not so sure. I have tired ground work with him. He is fine once you get him saddled and you’re on the trail. The other thing is he constantly chases my mare around even though she is very submissive and would never challenge him. They have been together for a year.
My biggest fear is that my mare is going to foal in May and I am not sure if I want the foal in the same pasture with him. (Let me clarify that I don't plan of have momma and baby in that pasture for a month or two after the baby is born.)
I am having the vet out to checking to see if there is a pain reason for is attitude. But I don't think so because he runs around the pasture like he is 2.