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post #11 of 16 Old 10-24-2013, 02:57 PM
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Are all other things kept consistent? In other words, environment and feed?

I also rode a horse like this. Turned out he was full of arthritis (from being worked too hard as a youngster) would vary with weather, especially rain and cold and also how much he'd been able to keep moving and keep the joints warmed up.
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-24-2013, 03:29 PM
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If your going to go with the ulcer theory which does make sense especially if he is a worrier you can feed a diet that helps to sooth the gut and does not increase the ph in his gut when fed. Grains increase gut ph. The ulcers will heal themselves when they are no longer being aggravated. What is he being fed?

I have a high strung paso gelding that had all the symptoms of ulcers we did not scope him but the vet took an educated guess. When I got him I changed his diet to beet pulp, alfalfa cubes, and pellets with no grain in them. I make sure when I ride him he has something in his gut to keep acid from sloshing around. If I go off on a long ride I feed him alfalfa cubes soaked in water before we leave and let him stop and eat about every hour. Knock on wood we have not had a problem in over a year.

Good luck to you and your boy.
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I would make his diet as bland as possible. Sorry, didn't read ALL posts, but, unless he is a hard keeper, like "Corporal" was (1982-2009, RIP), also an Arabian, I would just feed him his daily fill of grass hay. Period.
Regarding his behavior, YOU need to become his head leader and his confidence. He has serious holes in his training. As MUCH AS POSSIBLE, be the one who feeds him and push him around to be TOTALLY obedient when led, groomed and schooled. This is what a herd leader does and the others are happy to follow. DON'T let anybody else train him or ride him. He needs to become totally dependant on YOU. His experiences have been to depend upon other horses, and not trust the humans who starved him. A horse herd leader doesn't praise but praise every little thing he does right and every little "try."
It takes 10-20x longer to retrain than to train a blank canvas that no one else has touched, so you MUST be patient and have a plan. Do not advance any further until each benchmark is accomplished.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-25-2013, 10:58 AM
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To rule out trust/training issues, I would go completely through his ground work again. I would follow Clinton Anderson's book(he's good for building respect and trust) and start at the beginning, perfecting each stage before moving to the next.

If you do that, and he's still inconsistent, he has a screw loose. Any breed that has a big interest in halter competitions(stock breeds and arabs in particular) have lots of crazies. The whole halter industry is focused on looks determined by the current fads, ignoring soundness, usability, and sanity. I worked with a halter bred arab at one point. I was told he was crazy, but I was determined. It took me six months to get him to stand for mounting. It was like the lessons just didn't sink in. Half the time he was good enough for a kid to hop on, neck reining, stopped off your seat, super soft mouth, quiet. The other rides we would be mimicking the "airs above the ground", randomly bucking in mid trot, trying to bolt, bucking me off. I worked on him for over a year before finally selling him to a hard core endurance rider. Had a similar experience with a halter bred aqha gelding. Random temper tantrums with no trigger.
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-26-2013, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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ok, here are some videos. Just a reminder this is not showing his freaky behavior, this is just to show his movement and see if it looks off to any of you I remembered I took a video (fairly shaky :/ ) last winter while trying to round pen (found out multitasking like that doesn't work too well as I sent mixed message to my horse and confused him, lol) so we have a before video as well as an after, the after is broken up into 3 videos as my friend didn't know I wanted it all in one piece.



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post #16 of 16 Old 10-26-2013, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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New thing happened today, after riding I was brushing him down as always, and came across a firm lump on the underside of his belly right behind the girth. It is kind of long and extends across the width of his underbelly and it is aprox. 1/4-1/2 inch thick (I will take something out to measure it in the morning, if it is still there). It is warm, and it does not seem to bother him when I poke/push it. He is behaving normally otherwise. This could be completely unrelated to his behavioral issues but figured I'd post it here just in case anyone had any ideas. :)
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