Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flower Mound, TX
Working with a horse with cushings
I’m helping a friend with her horse now that my horse is on stall rest; he has 2 more weeks to go.
Due to personal circumstances she hasn’t had the time to spend with him and he’s been “on vacation” for about 6 months now. Problem is, he has cushings and I have no experience with that. He is on medication and seems fine, but I find him to be very lazy and am not sure if that’s him or the cushings.
He is known to have attitude problems and I was expecting to have to be careful (not planning on getting hurt on a horse that is not my own), but I find I have more problems keeping him going then keeping him calm.
I started with him last Friday, lunged him and rode him for a while, he was okay. Then I gave him the weekend off and worked with him again yesterday. He didn’t seem very enthusiastic (sarcasm).
I understand we have to take it slow, since he hasn’t been worked for so long and I was planning on giving him 2 days off in between sessions.
Is it possible to work a horse with cushings, is he just lazy or should I let him set the pace and just give him some exercise occasionally?
He is about 17-18 years old, Warmblood and does dressage.