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    06-06-2008, 09:02 AM
  #1
Yearling
Lethargy?

I am just really stumped about my stallion Dez. He has always been very laid back/lazy to the point where it takes incredible/constant drive to get decent impulsion. If I do not put tremendous effort in, he is heavy on the front, heavy on the bit. Once I get the impulsion he lightens up beautifully in front and on the bit, but it is just exhausting to get him there and keep it that way. All last summer this was the case, and then in fall, I added Safe choice to his diet, which seemed to really help. All winter and spring he was great. I went on vacation for two weeks, and when I came back, it was like last summer all over again. He is dead lazy. When riding, I have to keep him at whatever gait I am asking for with constant reminders, and he would stand there asleep for ever if I let him.

I was going to ride him in first level for dressage at the next show because I know he can do all parts of the test, but I just don't want to fight him for impulsion through the whole test! I think it is affecting why I cannot get him to improve on his spins in reining (he will not put the energy in). He really feels heavier than ever on the bit lately too.

He is six years old, has always been laid back/mellow/calm. Also, he shows plenty of animation when in his pen anytime he gets excited about other horses. He has been cutting his canines for the last couple of months. He is the kind of horse I believe who will not act out or show signs of injury or pain...but keep in mind that this lethargy has been a part of his ways for his entire riding career so far minus a few chunks of time (mostly winter/spring).

Is there something wrong with him? Is it just the way he is? Is there something I can do about it?
     
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    06-06-2008, 10:30 AM
  #2
Trained
I am wondering if this is a diet issue....
     
    06-06-2008, 11:43 AM
  #3
Yearling
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.
     
    06-06-2008, 01:24 PM
  #4
Showing
The diet concern might be something to consider. Has he had any recent illnesses or flues?

A quick blood test to rule out a few metabolic disorders might be worth trying. Could give you the answer you need.
     
    06-06-2008, 01:24 PM
  #5
Showing
The diet concern might be something to consider. Has he had any recent illnesses or flues?

A quick blood test to rule out a few metabolic disorders might be worth trying. Could give you the answer you need.
     
    06-06-2008, 02:45 PM
  #6
Yearling
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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:

     

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