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        05-12-2008, 11:32 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    I need advice

    So I have a 10-year-old AQH gelding. I got him about 5-6 years ago and he was the greatest horse ever. Any place that I've ever taken him everyone is always telling me how great he is. Anyone could ride him, even my little 6-year-old sis' until about 5 months ago. He is horrible. He spooks over nothing. About a month ago, he threw me. And it wasnt just a little fall. He threw me on my head. I was in a neck braise and he screwed up my back. Well I got back on him like a week later and the thing is is that im not afraid of him. I just don't understand. Well about a week later I was tacking him up and he just started freaking out on the cross ties and fell on his side and broke loose and cut himself all up. Well when I ride him he is a jerk. He fights me and bucks and wont stop like he used to. Yesterday I went to tie him up and he broke out of the cross ties 3 times and took off towards the road. What could have happened? I luv my horse and we used to have such a bond. I am even considering moving stables because he was never like this until we came to this stable. Its like im the only one that can ride him now. Any advice is appreciated. Thanx.
         
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        05-12-2008, 11:41 AM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Did his feed change?
    Did his turnout schedule change?
    Did his forage change?
    Does anyone else handle him on a regular basis? Have you seen how they handle him?

    That would help me get a better idea of what's going on :)

    Thanks,
         
        05-12-2008, 12:26 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I'd get a vet out and do a full check up on him. Something that drastic of a change leads me to think something medical.

    We had a horse where I board that started acting up like crazy and when they got the vet out, found out that the horse was getting a cataract in one eye.

    Hope it gets better very soon.
         
        05-12-2008, 12:37 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kickshaw
    did his feed change?
    Did his turnout schedule change?
    Did his forage change?
    Does anyone else handle him on a regular basis? Have you seen how they handle him?

    That would help me get a better idea of what's going on :)

    Thanks,

    Nope nothing with his feed or his turnout schedule. The only one that really turns my horse out is my close friend and she is good with him. I am supposed to take him to a trail class show next weekend but I don't think I even can cause I can't tie him up. If he even steps back and feels the least bit of resistance he freaks out and breaks the lead rope and takes off.
         
        05-12-2008, 12:39 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Solon
    I'd get a vet out and do a full check up on him. Something that drastic of a change leads me to think something medical.

    We had a horse where I board that started acting up like crazy and when they got the vet out, found out that the horse was getting a cataract in one eye.

    Hope it gets better very soon.
    Him being a jerk and stuff could be medical? I just had the vet out like 5-6 months ago and everything was fine. Well I am having his teeth floated next month so ill ask then.
         
        05-12-2008, 12:44 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    OMG yes!!!

    A horse can't verbally tell us when they are hurting or something is wrong. So they act out. They will kick, buck, bite - do things not normally in their character in order to say, hey - I don't feel okay.

    So whenever a horse's behavior changes that first thing I do is think medical related. Then I go backwards to environment (feed, other horse's, other people) and work out what it can be.

    And honestly the majority of the time, it's been a medical related thing.
         
        05-12-2008, 12:59 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    See I just had the vet out not too long ago. Nothing was abnormal. He is very healthy and in shape. If its not medical related, what else can I look in to? Its just so frustrating. This makes me just not want to tride him cause its not even fun anymore. Another thing is he used to go on the trail 1-2 times a week but he hasnt been out on the trail since November. Could it just be boredom in the arena.
         
        05-12-2008, 01:04 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Thing is, a lot can happen in a week let alone a few months. So I'd still say get him a good check up and let the vet know about his behavior change.

    It could be boredom. Some horses get really sour on just arena work only.

    Do you do fun things with him? Just hanging out with him, no riding at all?
         
        05-12-2008, 01:10 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Not really anything fun. Like yesterday I just wanted to brush him and the flies were bugging him so I put a little fly spray on my hands to put on his face and he freaked out, ripped out of the cross ties and took off. I can't do anything with him lately cause he has just been such a jerk. Can you suggest any exercises to try with him for getting him to ease to resistance? Its just so frustrating. I used to be able to tie him up for however long I wanted. Now I have to completely watch him when tied up and be extremely slow. My mom's always on my back telling me to not let him get away with that and to be aggressive, but I just want the bond back that I had with him. I could probably get him to liosten to me if I really wanted to, but why fight him and have no fun?
         
        05-12-2008, 01:13 PM
      #10
    Showing
    Aww. :( Yeah, it could be medical related. I'd also recommend getting him checked by the vet. He may have been checked not long ago, but his behavior doesn't seem good. :(
         

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