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prettylittlearab

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Grumpy to groom.

 I have an 11yo gelding who is a nightmare to groom! He is fine when I go near his head, neck and legs, but the second I get past his withers the ears go back, the teeth come out, he lashes out and pulls back until he's snapped his leadrope clip then walks of completely unphased. He is a gent to groom in any other place and is very patient, I have had him for nearly a year so he should be used to me handling him. Also when I go to do up his girth up he will do exactly the same thing but also kick out to the side, the same when I mount. I am told he was only gelded around 6/7years of age, but I don't know if that would have anything to do with this behaviour? Any thoughts/suggestions as to why he is doing this and how to overcome this problem woud be much appreciated! Thanks.

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Rio186

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Rio186 says:

Re: Grumpy to groom.

If I were you I'd probably get his back checked out by a physio, and may be his saddle too to check everythings ok.

 

Hope you find out what causing the problem.  Best of luck xxx

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prettylittlearab

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Re: Grumpy to groom.

I've had his saddle checked out and so say it's fine, but I will try the physio option :) It did cross my mind that he is a bit ribby after the winter and that might be why he's being funny but he's done this ever since I got him.. Thanks!xx

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Rio186

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Rio186 says:

Re: Grumpy to groom.

Heya, just had another thought that I think may help... you could try using a long lead rope (or maybe lunge line) and looping it through the string so you are holding the other end.

That way everytime he pulls back, you can keep an even pressure until he stops, or decides to move forward again... that way you get less broken strings when he realises its not working anymore!

 

Hope the physio's been able to give you any answers...xx

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SarahSmith

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SarahSmith says:

Re: Grumpy to groom.

 My horse does exactly the same.! I had his back checked which is fine. People have said he just does it out of both habit and the fact he's bored.

 

I guess some horses don't enjoy being groomed? My pony used to LOVE it though :/

Sarah :)

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gemmahorselover2012

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Re: Grumpy to groom.

I have the exact same issues with my mare but doesnt kick out when being mounted. She just bucks when asked to go into canter and seems very hollow in the neck and back. I have a physio coming to check her in 3 days to see if she has a knot in her back or if the saddle still fits her etc. Really praying she can use her magic hands and turn my horse into a dream!!! Good luck and I look forward to hearing what the outcome is.

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Grumpy to groom.

My mare is like this when she is colicky (or gassy) and a friend's horse with gastric ulcers is the same.  Both these horses are a bit tender around their middles so are a bit protective of themselves so out come the teeth or hooves or just a flash back with the ears.  It's poss he's a bit tender inside... does he chew wood or windsuck or any of the other symptoms for gastric ulcers? 

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