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post #1 of 3 Old 06-27-2012, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Should I supplement my 4 year old?

I have a four yr. old Arabian gelding. He is about 15.1H and should be a little over 16.00H when fully grown. I have noticed lately he has been kinda slow and tired all the time. He use to really step out on the trail without any prodding, but now he doesn't unless I really ask for it. My friend suggested putting him on some type of growing horse supplement. Just wondering what kinda supplement you all suggest if any.

I know this could be a combination of problems, like saddle, weather change, ECT. But I'm just starting with supplement's. Thanks all for your help!
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-27-2012, 01:24 AM
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How much work does he do?
Could he just have realized lazy is easy?

What is he eating currently?
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-27-2012, 03:36 AM
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I'd certainly be giving him a good nutritional supplement anyway, and imbalances/deficiencies can cause lack of energy. I wouldn't want to put him on a high protein or 'growth' type supp/diet, over what he requires for a healthy balanced diet, because 'growing' horses too quickly tends to lead to DODs.

You don't say how much/how long you've worked him for, but riding an immature horse can be risking serious injury, not to mention other issues such as hoof sensitivity, saddle fit, etc, etc so I'd want to seriously consider physical issues before just treating him for 'lack of beans'.
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