Depressed acting horse?
He's a 6 year old off track QH gelding. I bought him on 1-12. He has a hairline fracture in his right front knee and up until last week was on strict stall rest. I led him out on a daily basis especially on warm days to eat his hay outside or if the weather wasn't favorable I let him eat his grain outside. He's acted quite depressed since the day I got him. No temperature, up to date on all vaccines, coggins, and worming. Drinking and eating like normal. He's in contact with people and other horses daily. He just seems to be far more mellow than an off track horse should be, with an injury or without.
My friends mom worked on a TB racetrack when she was younger as an exercise rider and she said they all have impeccable ground manners. I'm beginning to think he may just be so willing and well behaved or he was taught to not throw his head or keep it high?
I know when he arrived he had a mild case of lice and had normal shipping fever and was sore from the 8 hour trailer ride.
His lice is cleared up, the swelling in his knee is down, it no longer stays hot, and he's barely limping now. I've let him meet each of my horses in a controlled environment and he's been out with a little mare for the most part so he has a companion. I knew horses would/could get depressed when they had to spend long periods of time in a stall, but I figured he would pep up since I've allowed him turn out area.
Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky, & live like you aint afraid to die, & don't be scared, just enjoy your ride.