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post #1 of 33 Old 01-19-2013, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Refusing to move & bucking

My horse is a 5 yr old paint gelding. In the past few days, he's been acting very strange...

Before, Sailor just loved to run! He'd take any excuse to go faster and would never get tired out. A few days ago, I noticed that Sailor's trot/canter were a bit slower than normal. Then, he would suddenly stop and refuse to move. I gave him complete slack on his reins and kicked as hard as I could but he'd just stand there.

If I kept up with the kicking, Sailor would start walking backwards. So whenever he did that, I would back him until he didn't want to anymore and then try to get him to go forward again. This worked somewhat, but he would only go forward a few steps before stopping again.

Whenever I clucked or kicked to him, Sailor's ears would pin and sometimes he'd turn to look at me.

In the past three days, I got out my crop during rides and would use that whenever Sailor decided to plant his feet. After a few uses of the crop, he would get thre idea and do pretty well without me having to use it.

But yesterday our ride went a little downhill. I rode Sailor(with crop) at a walk and trot and he did fine. But when I asked him to canter, his ears pinned back and his mouth went to my boot(he didn't bite, but just kinda touched my boot). I used the crop to try to get him to canter but he did the same thing except this time he did a smal buck. I tried a few more times with the same result.

So this is where you guys come in! I know I should rule out pain first, but I don't know where to start. I dont think it's the saddle fit. He's went fine for months with the same one. I don't know if it's a respect issue. For Sailor to suddenly just refuse to go when he used to love it is kinda weird. He's never bucked with me before yesterday. I would appreciate any input on what I should do. What should I check first? He's had his teeth filed down about 3 months ago. He also got a vet check when I bought him 5 months ago.

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post #2 of 33 Old 01-19-2013, 10:40 AM
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The saddle may not fit now even though it did a few months ago. As a horse gets more fit, their shape changes.

Definitely sounds like a pain issue to me. Horses don't just start being pig headed for no reason.
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My youngster who was a gem to start and was so willing started cross cantering in the round pen and then started to refuse to go forward......he would just bronc on the I would pull his head up to stop him ....he would then rear if he couldn't buck........after much searching we discovered he had a moderate case of PSSM........his muscles were just plain sore and the weight of the rider made it worse.

Sounds like your guy might have some pain issues either that or he has your number!

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post #4 of 33 Old 01-19-2013, 10:56 AM
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I would personally look over all tack and make sure that is all fits :) then move on to soreness, he could have sore spots, or be a tad lame. try some ground work and see if you can spot the problem. If not then I would call a vet :)

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post #5 of 33 Old 01-19-2013, 11:09 AM
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Horse don't suddenly change behavior for no reason. It sounds to me also that there is a pain or discomfort issue.
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I'd get him checked out by a vet. It really does sound like there could be a physical issue.

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post #7 of 33 Old 01-19-2013, 11:25 AM
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Almost always sudden behavior changes mean pain check the horses tack fit, feet, maybe the horse needs a chiropractor it could of slipped and his body is out of whack for all you know!
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My mare started doing almost the exact same thing, it turned out she had ulcers, treated the ulcers and she was back to her old self.
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He's trying to tell you something with his behaviour and the turning and looking at you. First guess I have is tack and/or he is sore somewhere.
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post #10 of 33 Old 01-19-2013, 01:25 PM
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He's definetly trying to let you know that something isn't right. He's 5 but horses are not done growing then, like another post said it could be muscle they said a horse doesn't act out for no reason.....

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