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  • Lethargic dull lifeless horse what can I do

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    03-14-2013, 06:47 PM
He seems so broken..

Not really sure where to put this but my TB seems so broken. Nothing gets him excited. Food barley gets him to get his head out of the corner, when his buddyleaves he just watches (unlike my other horse how losses his brains) and when we a trail riding nothing spooks this horse EVER ( this I am not complaining about but it seems like maybe every few months he might see something scary..Nope not him) He is a complete dead head even though I just pulled him from the track a few months ago. He lopes not canter. He acts depressed. I love him to pieces but he seems like he just does not care anymore. When worked his head is level with his knees like it is too much to lift his head at all. I am use to a really hot head, fast, rotten and a little crazy Arab (still love him even if he acts like a Arab ) but I have never seen a horse a quit as him. He is way calmer than any lesson horse I have every rode. Even in turn out he does not play with the other horses. They have tried and tried to get him to play but he will not. He mostly just stays to himself outside. I am not complaining about him I am just worried. And no, he is not drugged I have had him for several months and even if he had been drugged it would have worn off by now.
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    03-14-2013, 06:56 PM
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If he is as dull and lifeless are you are saying I would have a vet out and get a check over, including some blood work.

What is his feeding program like? How is his weight? What do you do with him? Is he lifeless under saddle?
    03-15-2013, 08:35 PM
Get the vet out.
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    03-16-2013, 04:25 AM
It's been two days, did you call the vet?
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    03-16-2013, 10:39 AM
First things first I would definitely get the vet out. Horses generally have off days, but if he is that off and just seems lethargic and dull to the world a good vet should be able to get to the bottom of it. I have dealt with horses who were complete dead heads, but never completely depressed like you describe. Hopefully the vet can find something and get him back to normal.
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    03-16-2013, 11:02 AM
My boy is very low energy and lazy, but he does play with other horses and is very curious and engaging when you dnter the pasture. I'd say something's off with your new boy. I agree a blood test might reveal why.
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    03-16-2013, 11:32 AM
I have a QH gelding with a temperament similar to what you are describing. He doesn't get excited about anything, never spooks and is just dull in general.

I had the vet out when I got him about a year ago, had blood pulled etc. to no avail. My vet came to the conclusion its just his temperament.

Actually when I moved him to board with my aunt two or so months ago she was convinced he was depressed. Nope, that's just Pension :)

On the bright side he's an excellent childrens/beginners mount. Never have I meant a more forgiving laidback horse.
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    03-16-2013, 02:58 PM
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Vet. While some horses are like this? Most aren't. You have to get vet out and pay for some testing to be done.

Horse could have underlying infection, be older than you were told, or have cancer for that matter.
    03-16-2013, 02:59 PM
Not to sound harsh, but how long has he been so lethargic? I'd be hesitant to ride something that was so dead in himself. A major alarm bell would be his lack of desire to for dinner... who doesn't love dinner? I don't mean to cause offence, just wondering.
    04-29-2013, 11:34 AM
Hey y'all! I am so sorry for not getting back to you. I'v had alot going on lately. I had the vet out and he said he's fine.He has been acting so much better now! He ever spooked the other day! ( never thought I would be exited about a horses spooking) But thanks everyone!
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