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post #1 of 6 Old 01-26-2010, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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New horse and behavior issue

Brought home a new horse yesterday. Nice little 7 y.o., 14.3 QH gelding. Rode him Saturday and he was the perfect gentleman.

Today, at his new home, he was fine as long as he was not asked to trot or lope. He started tossing his head and bucked. Thought maybe it was the bridle/bit although I have the same bit the previous owner was using.
Tried a different bridle and even a hack. He did great with all 3 unless asked to trot or lope.

Is this just a behavioral issue adjusting to new surroundings and people?

Also, the previous owner said she never had anything done with his teeth. Although he was not playing with or chewing on the bit, when we unsaddled him and he was tied, he seemed to be "massaging" his cheek/gums with his tounge. We were told that he still has his Canines, not sure about Wolf teeth.

I personally feel it is teeth and new surroundings.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-26-2010, 04:35 PM
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My TB did this to me when his saddle was too far back, and I'm talking maybe an inch to an inch and a half. It had scooted back but the girth was in the same place, so I thought it was just my eyes.

Check how your saddle fits and where you're putting it, that would have been my first thing to look at, even before checking the bit.
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I did check the cinch, girth and pad and all seemed fine. I did not remove and reset the saddle. This is the same saddle that I rode on him Saturday.

Talked with the vet and horse friend, too. Both said they thought there is probably a mouth problem, whether that played to the bucking or not. He needs updated on shots anyhow, so he may get some dental work too.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-27-2010, 11:09 AM
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Do get the teeth looked at~I know how I was when one of my teeth hurt!
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-27-2010, 12:10 PM
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I would say check out the teeth, if its not that he could possibly be hurting somewhere else in his body. That will create attitude. If not that, it could simply be that he is away from home. Some get like that if theyve lived somewhere for a long time..attachment issues
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-27-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Contacted the girl we bought from. She said he acted out the same (bucking) with her until they established a trust.
Going to the vet in the a.m.
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