I sold a horse a few months ago and he was shipped about 14 hours away. I had him here for a little bit, trail rode him, jumped, rode 4 days a week, kept him barefoot. Never an issue, never bucked, never reared, had great ground manners and loved to be groomed. This is what she wrote to me:
" I am committed to this horse and want to try to sort him out. So far I have put him on gastrogard ( for upper Gi ulcers) Sucralfate (lower GI ulcers) Ranitidine (ulcers) and now added Prevacox (for pain in general) all without results. we have also injected his stifles beacuse the bucking appeared to be while picking up the canter. I just want to make sure its not a pain issue.
His issues are: does not like to be groomed ..constantly moves, tries to bite (bites constantly) especially sensitive on the right flank towards his hip?. Bites his own flanks. I am wondering if it is all anxiety."
She now has shoes on him, which he never had or needed here. I am at a loss and just don't know what other advice to offer. I suggested his SI joint.
The first thing that we suspect if the horse is biting rt flank is colonic ulcers, remember they are not treated with ulcer guard. You would have to manage that with a very aggressive feeding program. the horse may also be in physical pain. At MAERC we use cold laser to decompress active accu point on the horse. we have had amazing results. Check out out Facebook page
Mid-Atlantic Equine Rehab Center for more info.
My suggestion after a full vet workup (which it sounds like she already did) would be to turn him out for 60 days on good pasture with a buddy and just leave him alone. If he's a young horse he may just be overfaced or stressed out over the move and lifestyle change. Bring him back slowly when the weather starts to warm.
I know people hate that suggestion but Dr. Green has cured more horses then any other vet out there .....