My gelding has ADHD...help!
I am thoroughly convinced my gelding is ADHD!
FOCUS.....a word not in his vocabulary!
Here is some background, he is a 15 hd, 1000 lb, 6 yr old QH/App cross, he gets 24/7 turnout with a gelding to play with and a mare to respect (what every good man needs!), 3 lbs of a 10/10 sweet feed twice daily along with coastal hay and grass (I know the feed seems excessive but free choice hay is not an option right now), he is on Equine Leg Magic supplement loaded with lots of good stuff, he gets a good workout 3+ days a week, possible vision problems that have improved greatly with herbal/vitamin remedies (biggest symptom is mild photophobia---can't stand bright reflections)....anything else you need to know? Haha!
When he is asked to perform or learn a task, he is usually very willing (but like most horses he tries to get away with whatever he can)...when he is rewarded with a whoa and relax, his head goes bobbing this way and that looking over here, over there, "hey what's that out in the field or by the house?" "Can I get the reins in my mouth?" He is relaxed, but never enjoys being still....ADHD! If we are working on groundwork and he performs well, he is too busy being a busybody to get his good boy pat on the neck or other reward. He doesn't appear worried about what is going on around him, it is just more of a "little boy who can't sit still" behavior.
You can imagine how this makes training a little difficult when he doesn't get to enjoy his reward! Is there anything I can do for him to help him to slow it down and enjoy just being still. Something to calm him down, mellow him out like "horsey ritalin or aderall?" Maybe a few swigs of whiskey before we work???? Is there anyone else out there with a horse who is also ADHD?