Hi, as you posted the 4 days ago, have you had a vet &/or found out what's wrong yet?
Originally Posted by equestrianforever
Hey guys, So my horse has been super lazy for the past 3 weeks or so. When I ride him I use small spurs and a whip, but it doesnt work to get him moving unless I smack him really hard. He actaully has welts after I ride him many times.
This makes me sad for your horse actually. You posted this in the health section, so you obviously realise something's not right & it's not just behavioural, and yet you attempt to force the horse with severe punishment?? I don't get that attitude at all.
I'd at least want to rule out pain before treating it as behavioural & trying to work through it, but if you 'need' spurs & a whip just to get the horse going, it sounds like some lessons wouldn't go astray, to learn how to train & ride him better without having to bully.
I uped it grain to a scoop in the morning and a scoop at night it did help but he is still pretty lazy. He gets 4 flakes a day also.
You don't tell anything about him, details lifestyle, etc, and details about his diet could be important - eg. How much does one scoop weight & what is the 'grain'? How much does 4 flakes weight & what sort of hay? Grain can be a common reason for horses to become laminitic, especially if they're overweight, especially if it's only over a couple of larger meals daily, which could be one reason he's sore & therefore 'lazy'.
Of course there are numerous other physical reasons aside from systemic &/or hoof problems that could cause a horse to be in pain or otherwise not want to work. Saddlefit/back pain, for eg.
So tonight when I fed him his grain he just stopped eating it for about 10 minutes. He started to chew very slow and lowered his head very low and kinda just sat there :O ... then started eating it again normally.
Perhaps he had a touch of colic, stomach aches from ulcers, gut pain from hind gut acidosis, perhaps he has bad teeth, perhaps he was just fed too much & was just full.... sorry, can't do more than guess without more info.