I have a 4 yo spanish barb/quarter he is not over weight in anyway, he is very healthy although I do have him on shots for allergies. My problem is, everytime we go trail riding, which is 3 days a week, he starts out fine then after about 1/2 hour, he slows down to grandma mode then after about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, he is done. He stops and will not go, after fighting with him trying to get him to go for several minutes, I end up getting off and lead him back to the trailer, which then he walks just fine.
My husband rides our 7 yo spotted saddle and she can go for hours and doesn't even slow down any, unless we are leading of course.
We started trail with them last year, up until then, we just rode in our yard and that got real old after awhile. I could understand a bit more if we were just starting out, but he's been on trail rides a lot and should be used to it by now, I would think anyway. We do try to give them breaks once about every 1/2 hour or so but he gets antsie and wants to go.
Do anyone have any ideas on why he is doing this?? I check them both out after every ride and either of them have any heat or swelling. We have been going to quail hollow in Hartville Ohio and the trails there are not that demanding, some hills but nothing that steap. It take about 45 minutes to get there, then tack both of the up then just to ride for an hour or so, it would be great to ride for 2 1/2-3 hours.
Any help would be great. Thanks,