Horse shaking head
I need some advice urgently. So today I saddled up my old farm pony (a 15hh Stocky bay gelding) for the first time in about two months. He had some teeth issues late last year and I had some time and weather issues - the wind only stopped blowing a mile a minute a few days ago.
We hadn't been out long about 10-15 min when he started chewing his bit, not long after this, he started slightly throwing his head up and down. I thought he was just being a brat so I just kinda didn't give in and kept the reins a little tighter not allowing him to take the reins from my hands. He was a little better for a few mins, then started again, on;y worse!
He did this November and I had the equine dentist out, she floated all his teeth and did a bit seat. So since i'm 90% sure it's not his teeth, I'm thinking there's a few posibilities:
1) There is sometihing wrong with his teeth again,
2.) He doesn't like his new bit, I recently bought him a sweet iron snaffle pelham, this was his first time out in this particular bit, he is normally ridden in a s/steel snaffle mouth pelham.
3) I'm also 90% certain his saddle stlil fits, he has even sweat patterns, I ride him in a Trident Trail Ranger Grande, which is a western style trail saddle. He has been ridden in that saddle for the six years I've had him. His back has sagged a little with age ( he is 20 ) so I will double check that.
3.) Flies or midges are bothering him, going up his nose, he snorted quite loudly quite a few times during our ride.
4.) He is being a brat, he got away with it november, I realised there is a problem during a ride, got off, led him home and didn't ride again for two months. Now he thinks "if I shake my head violently up and down she'll let me go"
I will get the vet out asap next week,- he is currently away on holiday and I'm going away for the weekend - just to give the old boy the once over, from his teeth to his toes. I want to start some fitness building, suppling exercises also next week, see if I can help him build his back muscles up again. I'm a big girl. So I hope that will help him carry my weight sith a little more ease.
He does hate doing trails alone, hates doing anything alone, so I am looking for my perfect trail horse, but I still have a lot of saving to do, cause my dream horse is a draft or draft x, but here in SA they are expensive!
Anything else I can check/ have checked/ do to figure out what is bugging my buddy?