It started over a week ago when he started bucking with me anytime I asking him to go forward. I spent several days working on this and we had good moments but anytime would let him walk to catch his breath then ask to pick up the trot again more head tossing and buck threats. I went back to lunging him for a few days. Then when I tried riding again he reared. Twice. Like hang on to the neck for dear life and pray he doesn't fall back rearing. WTH? So I called my friend who is "the cowboy" who people send their naughty horses to. He agreed to get on him but also noted that Ketel is an OTTB and when you get them home and feed them good they change so I may have to cut my losses with him (his words, not mine). I will refrane from getting on my soapbox on how untrue this is. That will be another blog...
So I was never given an answer of when he could get on him and soon the weekend came and went. In the meantime my mind is spinning. I got a hold of a chiropractor to come evaluate him Sat. I lunged him last night and he was great. But I still keep wondering what the problem could be?
I have read and read and thought so hard my head hurts. Feed issue (He switched from T&A to Peanut)? Ulcers? Back soreness? Teeth? So chiropractor is coming out Saturday. His appetite is good, he is gaining weight, his coat is shiny so I wasn't even considering ulcers. But I read an article today that said sometimes their whole body will be shiny but not their chest. So I freak out because his chest is dull and not shiny (am I losing my mind or what???). So I call my vet. Yes it could be the hay change, yes is could be ulcers, and yes it could be that he needs a chiro. After much discussion we decide to try him on some ulcer meds and see how he responds. I will pick up meds tomorrow. He's been off the peanut since Sunday so I decided to see how he rode tonight and rule that out. I got on and as soon as I asked him to pick up the trot he tried to go up again. Same thing any time I asked him to trot. Even with no leg and just verbal cues.
I can't get a refund for my entries this late so I am going to take Tank. I am just disappointed. The whole point of going to this show was for Ketel. I feel like a a let down since I couldn't work him through this..