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    12-05-2011, 04:46 PM
Green Broke
The only time she bit after eating was the bucket that was hanging on one of the panels(we have a little panel stall thing) but I think she was bringing it towards her cause it was there and she couldn't get her head in it so when I put her grain(she has a bowl that I just put on the ground) she was fine and she wasn't doing any biting or anything.

I can touch her stomach and she doesn't get mad. I can still look into though but don't think it's that but I could be wrong.
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    12-05-2011, 04:49 PM
Green Broke
May I also add she is in pasture 24/7 and not confined in the paddock stall thing..just to eat so the horses won't steal her food. She is also on probiotics and I started her on mare magic also.
    12-05-2011, 04:52 PM
Green Broke
I just brought it up because my own girl was diagnosed with ulcers, and her attitude change since being treated has been amazing! I finally have a sweet horse.

On another note:
I had a mare a few years ago who was very cinchy. What I did took a few days, but it worked.

I'd go to one side and do up the cinch. Then I'd undo it. Then I'd go to the other side and tighten it a little, then I'd go back to the other side and tighten it. Then I'd go back to the other side and untighten it. Lather, rinse, repeat. What this did was teach her that me going to her side didn't always mean "tight" and it can also mean "loose." She stopped anticipating the tightening and quit swinging her head around at me, like you're experiencing.

Good luck!
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    12-05-2011, 04:55 PM
Green Broke
Oh,well I wasn't trying to say she didn't have ulcers. She could have them. I will go and call my vet and see. How did they find out she has ulcers? Is there a way to find out besides scoping them?
    12-05-2011, 05:01 PM
Green Broke
Oh, I know you weren't discounting my proposal! I just didn't want you to think I was saying, "She has ulcers!! Take her to a vet now!!"

"Diagnosed" probably wasn't the best choice of word. With my vet it was more of a guessing game.
I just brought up some of her symptoms --like wood biting after eating, cinchy, and she had also been in a high-stress situation for a few months-- and he put her on a horsey antacid of sorts first, just to see if it would improve her symptoms. When it did, it sort of "confirmed" his idea of ulcers.
Now we're working on more of a long term treatment.
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    12-05-2011, 05:05 PM
Green Broke
What kind of stuff do you give her..do you give it to her everyday?

My horse

Bites wood when cinched,turns around and bites air as to warn me....I think that's the only thing. I will give him a call so to see what he says but I know this sounds bad but I cannot afford to have my horse scoped currently. If there is anything else to confirm or guess and try antiacids or whatever then I would do that....I don't want to sound like a bad horse owner. Is the stuff you give her super expensive?
    12-05-2011, 05:10 PM
Green Broke
The name of the meds we gave her is completely slipping my mind right now....

But it wasn't too bad. Around $20 a month, maybe?
It was a pill, given twice daily.

If she isn't doing anything other than being cinchy, I highly doubt it's ulcers. So I wouldn't bother with it unless she started showing more signs. I just wanted to throw it out there!

Oh, it doesn't sound bad. There are lots of things I can't afford either!
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    12-05-2011, 05:13 PM
My horse did the same thing - nipped at the air in my general direction, one time, each time I buckled up the girth. I just figured she didn't like it being tightened. She seemed fine once it was tight and I was on.

Eventually, as she got older and her back sagged more, it was apparent that the saddle didn't quite fit right. She was old, I wasn't riding much, so I just got a 1" foam pad to go under the saddle.

She never nipped again after the first ride with that pad.

Now from what I've read on threads here, this behavior is often - probably usually - behavioral, but in my case it clearly related to discomfort from the saddle, which had been going on for years and I hadn't caught. Hey, the saddle looked like it fit, sweat patterns were even, etc!
    12-05-2011, 05:30 PM
Green Broke
Well I called my vet =D They are calling me back to see if she can take something for it but said they will probably need to see her. I already told them I can't afford to do an endoscopy.

I bought a new pad for my pony. It's a charmanye james saddle pad with pressure point inserts. I can put the saddle on and pad on and she is fine. She sometimes pulls her ears back so I show it to her and she wiggles her lip on it then I put it on and she is good. I have some pictures of her back from when I got her to now if you wanna see..maybe you can tell me if she looks like her back is sagging. Oh and I have three saddles. I have a treeless and I know she likes it but it's the girth that she doesn't like but when she sees the saddle she is fine...that also goes with my wintec. It seems to fit her well.

I am a worrisome person when it comes to my horse.I'm surprised I don't have ulcers from it :P I will see what the vet has to say. I will also bring my tack over so he can see what I am using. His wife is a dressage trainer as well. He has seen Gidget before for a lameness exam and they checked all her body parts and said she was just a ...you know...She is a bit of one. Tried biting a 2 yr gelding on the face yesterday just for the heck of it. He wasn't even doing anything but walk up to her while I was riding.....anyways,I will let you guys know what the vet has to say...

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