hi! I currently have a 5 1/2-year-old off the track thoroughbred, he came off the track February 2019. He is now starting up his career as a hunter jumper and I will be taking him to his first shows this summer!
I got him in June 2020, he had no behavioral issues or anything. I would say in the October/November area he’s gotten significantly more grumpy when I am tacking and grooming him. I have struggled to find him a correctly fitting saddle but now I have a custom saddle coming back to me in a few weeks so hopefully that will eliminate any back problems. he has been in a somewhat well fitting saddle for the past month. I have had the chiropractor out and he hasn’t found anything in his back. He just finished his 30 days of ulcerguard, with about a 10 day break on day 20 due to miscommunication with the grooms. He was on a half tube. I never had him scoped. He still seems very sensitive when I am touching around near his girth
area, and he is still very grumpy when I am grooming his back flank and stomach. I do have a neoprene girth for her so I wonder if that is what is causing a lot of his sensitivity near his girth, I plan on trying a fuzzy girth on him tomorrow.
my question is, what else can I do to stop his aggression? I hate having an aggressive horse and now I can’t tell if it’s just behavioral or if he’s in pain.
thanks in advance!