So my wee horse is now, pretty fat lol so I've had to take him off the hard feed and he seems to be getting pretty lazy, if I give him hard feed he perks up but the hard feed I have is meant to fatten them up as well. Does anyone know of a feed that gives energy without fattening?
By definition, energy unused = fat. Therefore if your horse is fat already, he doesn't need any more calories. While grains & sugary feed may give him a bit of a 'sugar rush' this is short lived and will be contributing to his weight problem. As with us, as we get fat, we get unfit, lazier. The answer may therefore be a matter of sticking to his diet & getting him thinner & fitter.
Other than that it could be a nutritional deficiency, could be he's tender on his feet or such.
I think 'energy' has two entirely different meanings in this case. 'Energy' as referred to by nutritionists refers to calories. 'Energy' as referred to when people are are discussing how a horse feels and acts has an entirely different meaning. This kind of energy means that a horse is 'high', 'feels good' and wants to kick up his heels as opposed to sleepy, lethargic and 'dull'.
If he is dull and lethargic, I would take a CBC (Complete Blood Count). They are cheap and show you if a horse is anemic. A Hemoglobin of less than 12 or 13 could be considered slightly anemic. Lower than that, I would look for ulcers or some other reason for a very low Hemoglobin. When I used to fit a lot of race horses and barrel horses, I aimed for a Hemoglobin of 15 to 16.
Give him a protein supplement along with a Vitamin Supplement that furnishes a high level of Iron and B Vitamins. These are the 'blood builders'. Red Cell is a good one.
Just remember the old race trainer's saying "We feed 'em to make 'em crazy and then cuss them because they are."