Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny
Sounds to me like there may be more going on than meets the eye....
1) Have you had him vet checked? If not I would do so.
2) He sounds like there may be a possibility that he is sore somewhere around the head. Where there any trailering problems? Is the bit you are usiing fitting correctly, could it possibly be pinching him? Does he have his "wolf teeth?" (I know of many GOOD horses that suddenly one day went berzerk due to a wolf tooth chipping or becoming painful).
3)has he recently been shod? Could it be a hot nail from the shoeing that just hasn't abscessed but could still be causing pain?
4)Is your saddle fitting correctly...were who's tack were you using on your test rides? Are you using that same tack? It could be a tack issue such as a wrong size saddle tree, something pokey in the pad, etc. Are you using wraps or boots that he may not be used to?
5)Have you changed the type of feed he is getting or adding any supplements? I had a horse once who ended up allergic to her feed shortly after I bought her...I returned her to the feed/supplement regimen her previous owner had her on and she went back to normal.
If you are really attached to this horse already, which sometimes I know we get attached to horses during the buying process (I am currently attached to a horse I just bought and don't even get until May ha ha), I would look for problems in all these areas, it could be something really simple/stupid. If you have exhausted everything...Vet checked and maybe even had a trainer try him out and the problems still can not be found, then I would definitely reconsider the purchase.
At least you are on trial so you may have some time to find out these things before making a rash decision either way. Good Luck
I have asked myself all of these questions.
So my solutions:
1) I'm calling a vet Monday
2) I tried looking at his teeth and he throws his head so I am going to have the vet look at his teeth but the bit is the one he is used to (the lady gave me his bridle)
3) I am not exactly sure when the last time he has been shod but I'd say it is fairly recent. My farrier is also coming out.
4)I used my own tack when trialing him. It didn't seem to bother except I am questioning the size. I am also planning on buying a new saddle if the vet and farrier sees nothing wrong
5)I have him on a feed but I checked with his old owner and she has also had him on the same feed.
I am attached to him but I am not going to risk my life or getting hurt because I love him so much.