I held off on blogging about this, because I was hoping if I ignored it, it would go away.
For a while, it seemed as though the Ulcergard was working.
I thought we were on the right track and he was on the mend.
I noticed last week that the unwelcome behaviors had started creeping back.
He trashed his stall on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was kicking out under saddle at the beginning of our ride. I was told a chain was needed over his nose to turn him out in the AM, because he was so anxious and bargy that he was borderline disrespectful.
When brought up to the barn to tack up, he was spinning in his stall, calling for the other horses. On the cross-ties, he was white-eyed, anxious and pushy.
Saturday I had a lesson with a USEF "R" Judge who comes to teach at our barn occasionally. That will be a separate post, but she noted how anxious he was. She felt he has had some rough handling in the past and has anxiety about being in the ring.
He was slinging his head around and doing all kinds of weird gapey-mouth things. We worked on me, and I focused on myself and we ignored his behaviors and tantrums and managed to get some decent work done.
Sunday, I planned to work on some of the simple exercises that she had give us. Which pretty much involved steering and staying balanced at the walk and trot.
He was a head-slinging, unfocused, hollow, bulgy-undernecked miserable mess.
I tried ignoring it. I really did. But I couldn"t.
I was so upset and frustrated, I one-rein stopped him, got off, and lunged the ever-living snot out of him, while he screamed for the other horses like a lunatic.
I was so upset and frustrated I dropped every F-bomb in the book.
He cantered on the longe until his eyeballs sweated.
It was not training. It was not productive.
Neither one of us felt very good about it.
I'm really at a loss on where to go from here.
My first step is to eliminate alfalfa from his diet. I am going to switch him over from his current alfalfa/timothy mix hay, to a timothy/orchard blend.
I am going to change his alfalfa dengie to soaked timothy cubes.
I am going to cut his grain. Again.
If none of the above helps, I may look into trying Depo.
So, that is where we were at as of yesterday.
To say I had a sleepless night would be an understatement.