Originally Posted by Ryle
This could be anything from just a lazy type horse to dietary imbalance, metabolic disease, etc. You need to start by assessing his diet and body condition score.
If there are specific things to check for, I can do that, but he looks better to me now than he ever has. His coat is shiny, has a nice layer on his ribs, back, and butt, while not being too fat.
I had the idea of a metabolic disorder nagging at the back of my mind, but before I get the vet involved, I would like to know that that is a likely, and it is not just him being lazy.
I was thinking of adding oats to his diet to give him more readily digestible carbs - good idea?
The only thing that really confuses me is that he has plenty of energy in his pen when he is worked up about other horses and he has much better energy for riding in the winter/spring.
Thanks guys for all of your quick responses. I would love to figure this out. If I find out he is just lazy, I will just have to live with it I guess. :)
Any insight into what kind of metabolic disorders might be out there? Are there treatment/diet options for those? Wouldn't they also cause issues with weight?
Here is a picture of his condition a few weeks ago. I can take a better one if needed: