I called Carol Coppinger last night and she wonders if he has gastric ulcers. She said that the things I am doing with him sounds on track and that horses don't typically blow a gasket like this unless something is really going on.
I spoke to Dr. Lamb today (the vet) and she said maybe ulcers but the cost to even try to medicate is almost $1000 per month!
We have opted to change his diet and work on additional training--still doing PNH. Dr. Lamb agreed and is hopeful that thhings will work out. She said that she understands and is fine with the choice we have made.
Tonight I played with the horses (in the woods and the arena) but paid particular attention to my interactions with Whiskey. I think that I have discovered something. I don't believe that I have been as good of a leader to him as I needed to be. With Fosse, I was always willing to push his buttons and really lead, hard at times. With Whiskey, I think I've let him off the hook when maybe I should not have. I think this is because he can be such a quiet horse, not an in-your-face horse. Anyhow, I am being more persistent and very clear about my expectations with him and, expecting more out of him. The result, I think that we had a little progress tonight, he seemed surprised but, more respectful. More later!