27 August 2008 11:24
My eight-year-old Warmblood gelding has had back problems for some time, and a specialist diagnosed a trapped nerve.
I changed his saddle, walked him in-hand and lunged him. He seemed to improve for a while but he’s now gone from being a cheerful, happy horse, to biting people and being very nasty to other horses. Is this down to pain?
By Your Horse
YRC Instructor Alison Ritchie replies:
When a good-natured horse turns aggressive, there’s usually a good reason. It’s a good sign that he did improve initially, but the deterioration seems to indicate that the pain has recurred. You know that if you’re in pain, it can make you short-tempered.
I would have him checked by a physiotherapist – this should highlight the root cause of the pain. Make sure they are qualified and go on recommendation if possible. The physio will be able to treat him and give you exercises to do with him. Expect them to suggest further sessions, as follow-up treatment is usually needed.