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        01-19-2013, 08:11 PM
      #11
    Foal
    We are probably going to take Sailor to the vet on Monday.

    I just got back from the barn. I decided to lunge him in the round pen(no tack or lead rope) and he was acting very strange. After about a minute Sailor had his head and tail about as high as possible. He bucked a couple of times, too. His eyes had a crazed look to them and he kept speeding up. I dropped the whip and kept trying to get him to stop but he ran faster and faster. After a while, Sailor slowed to a trot but his head and tail were still just as high. His eyes were wide and he was stepping very high(very arabian looking).

    I finally calmed him down and lunged Sailor with his lead rope on. He did fine. I then tacked him up and got on. For the first 2min, Sailor was pretty energetic and wanted to go faster and faster. Then, he pretty much stoped mid-canter and started to refuse wih ears pinned and buck-threats if I asked to him move on.

    I got off and lunged him still tacked up. Sailor acted fine. I got back on and received the previous refusal results.

    I'm confused. Does this still sound like a pain issue? Why was he acting that way during lunging?
         
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        01-19-2013, 08:17 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    He was probably trying to get away from a saddle an rider. It definitely sounds like a pain issue. Horse's don't just randomly start acting this way. I'd get him to the vet and NOT ride him anymore until you get a diagnosis. It could be something as simple as a sore muscle to something as big as a fractured pelvis...
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        01-19-2013, 08:18 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by FaithCat    
    We are probably going to take Sailor to the vet on Monday.

    I just got back from the barn. I decided to lunge him in the round pen(no tack or lead rope) and he was acting very strange. After about a minute Sailor had his head and tail about as high as possible. He bucked a couple of times, too. His eyes had a crazed look to them and he kept speeding up. I dropped the whip and kept trying to get him to stop but he ran faster and faster. After a while, Sailor slowed to a trot but his head and tail were still just as high. His eyes were wide and he was stepping very high(very arabian looking).

    I finally calmed him down and lunged Sailor with his lead rope on. He did fine. I then tacked him up and got on. For the first 2min, Sailor was pretty energetic and wanted to go faster and faster. Then, he pretty much stoped mid-canter and started to refuse wih ears pinned and buck-threats if I asked to him move on.

    I got off and lunged him still tacked up. Sailor acted fine. I got back on and received the previous refusal results.

    I'm confused. Does this still sound like a pain issue? Why was he acting that way during lunging?
    Sounds like a pinched nerve in the wither that is aggravated by your weight. Have a chiropractor look at him.
         
        01-19-2013, 08:18 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Another thing---Sailor was breathing pretty hard after the short 5min lunging session. His nostrils were flaring and his body was rocking back and forth because of his breathing.
         
        01-19-2013, 08:24 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    He's probably just got some pent up energy and is out of shape because of the winter. I wouldn't worry much about the hard breathing.
         
        01-19-2013, 08:55 PM
      #16
    Started
    Sounds like pain I'd definitely have a chiropractor look at him.
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        01-19-2013, 09:35 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I'm betting he's got an ulcer. That will cause pain when he's cinched up, even if you're not in the saddle, and more pain/discomfort/anxiety when he's being ridden.
         
        01-20-2013, 01:16 AM
      #18
    Started
    VET - Monday! And don't ride or work him until the vet sees him.
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        01-20-2013, 09:48 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Im in a bit of a dilemma...My dad wants to take Sailor to the vet but my mom is convinced that he has a pulled muscle in his shoulder. It does make sense...before Sailor started to act like this, I used to practise lots of circles,turns,rollbacks,etc. I also noticed that he was pretty touchy after our short ride yesterday. He winced when I pressed on his wither area. She wants to go ahead and treat him for that and claims that if we see a vet, he'll just tell us the same thing. If he does have a pulled muscle in his shoulder, would Sailor be limping? Because he seems to move just fine. Do his symptoms sound as if this is possible?
         
        01-20-2013, 11:24 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    Pulled muscles in the shoulder don't generally cause bucking. And he would be lame on it, more than likely.
         

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