Help! My trainers and I are at a bit of a roadblock concerning my horse. He has gotten progressively worse behaved in the show ring as he has gotten older. What started as mild spooking has turned into full blown stopping and dangerous behavior as the years have gone by.
Now you may be thinking he is done being a show horse, yup i’ve had those same thoughts too but he jumps around and is as happy as a clam at home and in the warm up ring. Maybe he is in pain… he has been extensively evaluated by multiple vets, bone scan, stomach scope, x-rays, whole nine yards, and other than ulcers which we have treated and we continue to evaluate, nope no issues.
It is seriously like he becomes a different horse as soon as he walks into the ring, he has always been a little on the anxious side, but now it is unmanageable. But to add another layer onto the story he can jump around the ring sometimes perfectly fine. Is it the bit, the saddle, the training, the footing, the shoes, the ear plugs, trust me have been through that all.
The only lead we have as of now is that we have noticed he has began to shake his head, so we are wondering if it some sort of inner/middle ear issue or infection and he is scheduled for a scope to evaluate that issue. My question for all of you is: has anyone had issues similar to this, possibly related to an ear issue? Or is there anything else you could think of that we are missing? I have deep dived into sympathetic and neurological diseases in horses and can’t quite find anything that matches, but wondering is anyone has any thoughts regarding that as well?