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Phly 12-16-2012 07:20 PM

Thoughts on cranky gelding....
My coming 5 grade TB gelding has become, for the lack of a better word, a butt. Always has been cool laid back kinda guy. We've been cutting back on grain and they have an endless supply of hay. Since we've taken grain way down to almost none at all, he's become a stinker! Mouthy, shy, bucks when lounging, mean to the other horses. Totally not himself. He's not underweight at all! He's actually a lil chunky! I worked him today and he was bucking at a trot. Never done that a day in his life! He's a very animated and personality horse, is he just mad cause he wants grain? The only other thing that's changed is we sold an old gelding (that he didn't even like) about the same time we started backing down the grain. Idk why he's suddenly become so pissy.
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paintedpastures 12-16-2012 10:00 PM

was the old gelding you sold the boss? Sounds like there could possibly be a changing in herd dynamics causing his behavior change of trying to exert more dominance both with the other members of herd & with you:-o.I wouldn't associate his behavior to lack of graining:-(. You need to establish yourself as herd leader position with him,to gain his respect,better behavior.

Phly 12-16-2012 10:06 PM

No the old gelding was bottom of the tottom pole. And I am and have always been very firm and control all the horses. I can run em all off a gate, off a round bail or into the other pasture by taking my hat off and skit! I just don't get why he suddenly wants to be an a$$. I'll get through it, but just don't get his mood swing. And ain't perticularly thrilled with him.
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crom5 12-17-2012 09:27 PM

Could be the grain change. Hes saying "I want my grain"lol. When he was fed Grain did he get excited & did he really like it? If so thats probably why. If you think its nothing to do with the old gelding.

Janna 12-17-2012 09:28 PM

Maybe he has stomach ulcers.

Orr maybe he just needs to be worked extra hard.

Phly 12-17-2012 09:54 PM

I've seriously considered that he's acting out as to say " where's my grain!" he seriously has a personality like no other. But typically it's comical and personable. And has always been willing to do anything. He sat for a few months while I recovered from my last shooting and was perfectly fine when I rode him next, as an example. I thought about ulcers, but isn't that usually associated with empty guts?
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Phly 12-17-2012 09:56 PM this was at a trot. He isn't a happy camper lol. Did the same unsaddled
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Phly 12-17-2012 10:04 PM

Just now my wife told me he was his usual self today. She took his blanket off, which he busted a front buckle on, and is now bailing twined so it has to be put on and off over his head. And he stood in the pasture, no halter or anything and he was an angel. Even put his head down for her. Grrrrr young horses lol.
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tinyliny 12-17-2012 10:47 PM

I do not think horses hold onto a thought like, "where is my grain" more than a day or two at most. If the behavior continues, I think it must be an expression of pain. Could he have tweaked his back or something?

or maybe, with the cold, he is just not being ridden enough so has gotten ideas about how much work is "right" for him.

Phly 12-17-2012 11:11 PM

He could of hurt himself, but didn't show any signs of being gimpy or sore. He plays a lot and pretty hard in the pasture and that hasn't seemed to change. As far as ridding enough that's the thing, we've ridden more now then we did during summer. It was hot!!!! And he's been great all fall and really learning. Super light to legs and mouth. And never gets tired. It really seems to be an attitude change for some reason. I know they get funky when it's cool but he's never been such a dink. But then wife says he was a peach today, idk. He has biffed it a few times playing. Maybe he bruised a muscle and us riding more made him sore idk. The bucking while lounging pic was yesterday and he was fine today. Though she didn't ask him to work
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