So my new gelding has had a fair amount of time off, generally due to other horses beating up on him
He has always been a more go than whoa type ride & very reactive - usually vocal commands will speed him up. & he tends to carry his head a little high
But he was off all of June (injury) 1st ride after was normal, 2nd ride lasted 10 min as he was being a knob (high strung, feeling good type behaviour). I got off & worked him med hard (not full out hard as he was coming back from an injury) & lunged him 4 days before riding 3rd time
3rd time he started this odd behaviour - dropping his head down to the ground after being warmed up. He did it at a jog too & he was much harder than normal to keep moving.
At first I pulled his head up as I thought he was going to launch me, but he was not agitated, no other bad behaviour, no ear pinning, tail swishing etc
Then he was off for another month (this time thanks to a bad trim). First ride, no lunging & within 15 min of walking, down went the head again & he was very pokey to trot ( had to keep bumping him)
2nd ride was a trail ride & he kept his head up & was back to more go than whoa
Old farrier thinks horse wants to buck, BO thinks he's relaxed, possibly trained to keep his head way down,based only on my description, neither have seen him ridden
Trainer friend who has ridden him ( but not with head down behaviour), asked if I tranq'd him lol
Any thoughts on what could be going on?
Tack is the same & fits well, his feet may be tender but there is no overt signs of lameness Feed is same except I just started given B1 due to his more high strung behaviour. He didn't have it when the head down thing started