That's a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing 😊. I'm looking forward to more!
I actually did get rather hard on him... really bumping him with the rope and halter and at other times vibrating/rubbing it back and forth. I have also heard of a technique where you use a dressage whip and tap them on the front of their cannon to get them thinking about backing up. I tried that too.as far as training goes.. maybe it’s just me, but I think you need to be harder on him.
If City doesn’t back up (which I ask “back” first because he knows voice commands)
If he doesn’t obey my voice command, I’ll ask with the lead rope or reins or whatever it is, if he still stands there completely ignoring me, I give him a smack on the chest. No you aren’t going to hurt him, but he’s going to learn he can get away with stuff.
I do the: “ ask, tell, demand. “ thing.
I agree with this. A equine massage and acupuncturist friend is coming out in a week or two I believe. I will see what she thinks of Charlie and his issues as she is extremely experienced. She has come out before and he was having some poll pain which I now have stretches for.He's trying to tell you by the kicking, biting that he don't feel good.
I agree with the first part you said. They definitely will display what they feel more than many other horses!You may not be on the wrong track in your thinking about Charlie being irritable because of pain. It might not be ulcers, but something else. Something I've noticed is that many Thoroughbreds are less likely to internalize problems, and they'll display outward behaviors instead. Biting especially; when my TB was not on a pain medication he tried to bite me constantly.
Anyway, I had a thought. If you wanted to do a trial of Equioxx to see if Charlie had changed behaviors with a dose of daily pain med, I could spare a week or so and send them to you in the mail. PM me if you want. In my opinion, Bute is less helpful if there is any worry about ulcers, because you might end up causing them or making low grade ones worse.
@dustyk I was waiting after his hoof trim for a few days to see if he got better. Then it rained a tremendous amount and I was unable to do anymore then put No Thrush on his hooves. Then after the rain I started doing some groundwork with him and realized he was still slightly lame. So I have been waiting for his pen to dry out all the way because I was wondering if he is feet being so wet and then me going and walking him on gravel and then the work in the arena might have bruised them because they were soft from the moisture. Now that his pen is mostly dried out I am going to do some in hand work with Charlie tomorrow and see how he does and then go from there.You said in your first post that he is lame in his front feet. Have you approached that?
Work on the obvious first, then become a detective
Only twice it happened if I’m remembering correctly. vet had to cut my TBs sole out because it was too thick and it had built up “false sole”Not to take the thread off topic, but I've never seen a TB develop "too much" sole. They have tons of difficulty building a thick enough sole, and I can't think of how removing sole might help them. Any examples of a TB having soles that somehow caused issues by being thick?
It would help rule in or out pain from injury or wear and tear/age/ arthritis. It would not tell you where the pain originates.why do you think equioxx would be a good idea? Would it be for foot pain?