Originally Posted by Dakota's my baby View Post
so my horse that is in my profile pick is giving me some trouble.
Upon opening this thread & seeing the profile pic before reading anything, I thought 'that horse looks uncomfortable & he is 'sickle hocked'. But of course, based on one instant in time when the pic was taken, not to mention a small, not detailed pic - that's only really a wild guess. But...
He starts to throw head, and if I stay persistent on it he will do a couple strides then the crow hopping and bucking starts. he typically only does this when a saddle is on him with somebody is in it. Or when any body is on him no matter the skill level.
That to me sounds like a pain issue rather than training, esp assuming he has indeed had skilled riders check him out. Cantering under a rider can put more strain on the back than with slower paces, and pressure tests on saddles show the same - horse feels any 'pressure points' about 3 times as much at a canter than walk or trot.
How long has this been going on? How old is the horse, how long have you had him? If it's a new thing, are there any changes you can think of that may have caused it?
i have talked to many vets and farriers, and they have no answers for me.
What does 'talked to' mean & why many? While farriers typically don't know much about body issues, has the horse been actually checked out by a good vet - meaning a lameness specialist or such? Or a specialised bodyworker, such as a chiropractic vet? Because someone may be a 'good vet', but if not specialised, may also not know a lot about body issues -same as why your human GP will likely refer you to a physio or such, if you have backpain for eg.
another issue he is having is that he has become extremely anxious and nervous when being tied up to a tying post or anything.
It is normal for a horse to be anxious about being tied up, unless they're well trained/desensitised to be *confident* about it. So, is the horse well trained, seasoned with this? Did he tie well until recently? If so, what has changed? If not, I'd avoid tying him up at all, until he is trained and confident well enough with the process.