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post #1 of 8 Old 08-20-2008, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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amazingly lazy mini!!!

I have a five month old mini colt. He was just diagnosed with upper fixation patella in his hind right leg. My vet wants me to increase his excersise. The problen is that when he is turned out he doed NOT run or play. He has never been intrested in playing though. Even before I got him he would just hang out with the other broodmares. The other foals would play but not him. Should I consider longing even though he is 5m? If not longing what other options do I have that would promote excersise. He is eating mare and foal feed...18%, bahaya grass hay and alphalfa. Any suggestions would help. Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-20-2008, 10:20 PM
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I would lunge him, but make sure its a 20 or 30m circle, since he's so young. Maybe you could lead him alot? I run with my mini around the neighborhood when he needs to lose some pounds. Its like jogging with a dogs, LOL

But because he is young, don't push him too hard :)
Hope this helps
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-20-2008, 10:29 PM
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Agree with the above. I'd hesitate to lable his behaviour 'laziness' tho, as if this problem causes pain or difficulty of movement, he may have just learned to avoid play. Most horses don't give themselves much exercise if contented in a good paddock. Keeping him with other animals that would herd him around(such as a bossy QH for eg), or in a large barren paddock with food in small, well spaced piles way down one end & water & company at the other are 2 ways of getting them to exercise a bit more.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-20-2008, 11:06 PM
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I wouldn't say lunging would be a great idea... it does put a lot of stress on their joints and muscles, but like Girl said, walking is a great idea.
There's lots of times that I just take my horses for walks like I would take my dog for a walk.
It's great exercise, but eleminates any stress that would be put on his joints.

Good luck with him! :)

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thanks evertone!!! What if he is slugish walking? Meaning at frist he will b right by my side then he will start to fall way behind, I stop to allow him to catch up. And every so often he will just stop. I do not fight with him because tug-of-war is no way to build a relationship. I just re-direct our route. I have been using parelli's natural methods and he responds well with them, however how can I make him more willing to walk rather than being slugish or stopping??
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It almost sounds as if, after awhile, his patella is causing some discomfort.
Did you discuss with your vet the problems his condition may cause in the future, such as pain?
Are his gaits off? (Look like he is limping?)
Another sign is increased "bobbing" of his head, and shortness of stride on his injured side.

If not, he may just be one of those lazier horses you really have to motivate to get out, or he may be getting bored.
Young horses have the attention span of about a four year old kid, so keeping lessions short (15 minutes) is good for them, but you can do 2-3 lessons per day.

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It almost sounds as if, after awhile, his patella is causing some discomfort.
Did you discuss with your vet the problems his condition may cause in the future, such as pain?
Are his gaits off? (Look like he is limping?)
Another sign is increased "bobbing" of his head, and shortness of stride on his injured side.

If not, he may just be one of those lazier horses you really have to motivate to get out, or he may be getting bored.
Young horses have the attention span of about a four year old kid, so keeping lessions short (15 minutes) is good for them, but you can do 2-3 lessons per day.

Thank you!!!!his gaits aren't off nor does he appear in pain. That's what makes me think he is lazy. Before the patella injury he was begining to become sluggish. I will take your advice and try 2-3 lessons with him a day! I will keep you posted. Thanks again for your advice.
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It almost sounds as if, after awhile, his patella is causing some discomfort.
Did you discuss with your vet the problems his condition may cause in the future, such as pain?
Are his gaits off? (Look like he is limping?)
Another sign is increased "bobbing" of his head, and shortness of stride on his injured side.

If not, he may just be one of those lazier horses you really have to motivate to get out, or he may be getting bored.
Young horses have the attention span of about a four year old kid, so keeping lessions short (15 minutes) is good for them, but you can do 2-3 lessons per day.

Thank you!!!!his gaits aren't off nor does he appear in pain. That's what makes me think he is lazy. Before the patella injury he was begining to become sluggish. I will take your advice and try 2-3 lessons with him a day! I will keep you posted. Thanks again for your advice.
No problem!
Good luck with him, and look forward to the updates! :)

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