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post #11 of 135 Old 12-27-2011, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Going over tonight, I'll bring my video camera.
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post #12 of 135 Old 12-27-2011, 04:01 PM
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My friend is going to try to convince her to have a vet look at him because this is just not normal.
My question is it normal for him? You can't compare normal behavior between stallions, because they vary wildly. Has he always been this quiet or is this something out of the ordinary for him?

It never hurts to have things checked out, just to make sure that he is healthy though.
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post #13 of 135 Old 12-27-2011, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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The thing is, GH, that this kind of behaviour shouldn't be normal for any horse. I've never seen anything like it. My gut tells me there's something wrong, and I feel like I need to have this horse looked at.
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And certainly you should go with your gut feel, but there is a huge difference between a horse who is usually switched on suddenly being super quiet, that rings alarm bells all around that the vet should be called.

The situation is different if he has always been like it, it may just be normal for him.
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Very true. As is, I have no idea of the horse's history or "typical" temperament. I'm hoping to work with him on the ground some more tonight to work on body control. He has a sweet enough disposition, but I swear, you could drive him out to the middle of nowhere, put a toddler on him, and he wouldn't move a muscle. If everything checks out health-wise with him, she's thinking about gelding and donating him to a theraputic riding school.
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post #16 of 135 Old 12-27-2011, 06:30 PM
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Something definitely sounds off. Get a fecal done to rule out a wormload (regular worming isn't as reliable as it used to be), get the teeth done, check for other ailments such as ulcers or anemia, check for pain, and look at his feeding regime to make sure he's getting everything he needs.
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post #18 of 135 Old 12-27-2011, 06:46 PM
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Mineral deficiency? Sounds like he feels sick.
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post #19 of 135 Old 12-27-2011, 08:08 PM
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If his teeth need doing, then poor nutrition and dental pain may definitely be contributing to his dullness. Without a healthy mouth, you cannot have a healthy horse.
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post #20 of 135 Old 12-27-2011, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Went to exercise all the started horses, as well as saddle-broke one of the more or less unhandled 4-yo's. Not-So-Peppy was more or less the same as yesterday. He stood to be tacked, didn't bat an eye at anything, and needed someone to lead us again. We did get a few trot strides out of him, for which he got lots of praise. The video's way too long right now, but here's a screenshot of him.
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