Havent been on in a while, I know the Summer was definately slow. So heres my issue. My 14 year old hunter has been acting very strange lately.
We did some local showing throughout the summer, and had a blast, he did great. However, about 3 weeks ago I was riding and he refused a jump. Let me follow this by saying that he has refused a jump MAYBE three times in the 6 years I have had him. He also has picked bucking back up, and would do it even when we were not jumping. this horse does have a history of bucking after the occasional jump or when he is excited on the trails. It has been very different lately...and he will buck at a walk sometimes. They have been small crow bucks, but still.
Clearly, the first thing to check is if he is in pain. When his behavior continued several days later, I gave him a little time off. I stopped jumping in thought that he is due for his hock injections. I sense some back soreness. I have talked with my vet and trainer, and my vet is set to come this weekend. Now, what I was wondering from all you horse peeps is...besides back or hock pain, are there any hoof/navicular/nuerological problems this may sound like? Orion is a good natured guy, definately with a screw loose, but he has been especially angry lately. Now, this could be a mix of the fact that I only ride on weekends now due to my work schedule and how early it gets dark. Or, the chilly weather, OR back pain...or worse :/
My trainer rode him yesterday, just to make sure I wasn't doing somthing, or ...crazy haha. She had all of the same experiences, sensing he was very angry, and he would try to "run away" after the jump and land far right. Probably from pain.
has anyone gone through something like this with thier horse?
I appreciate any advice or tips in this process...I truly hope it is something that chiropractic and injections can fix :/