Re: Sluggish horse
the vet had he walk tro lope, then he felt her down. the tests were to check her blood cell count to rule out an infection, as she had a nasty gash on her face when i got her. she had the cough when i first saw her, i know the people personally and i spent about two weeks just hanging out with the horse (i painted a fence in exchange for a horse.... and there was alot of fence) i do not plan on selling her, but i would like to figure out what's going on with her. this horse has helped me through some very tough times, personally and health wise. it would not be fair of me to not give her the same back. if she'll take it and i have enough, i will give all my strength to help her feel/get better.
i got her green broke, mid-summer last year. i took it slow with her, but she's a fast learner. as far as it being caused by 'starting too early' when she does get some bursts of energy, i can't feel anything wrong with the way she moves. i've checked her legs over more than once. i've checked her back and hips (i'm no chiro, but i have delt with some horses with sore backs and withers) and i couldn't find anything that felt wrong, and she did no more than keep an ear on me, curious of what i was doing.
i've actually really let up on her riding, to see if her energy would improve, but if anything its gotten slightly worse. she's an all around happy horse.... well towards me, she doesn't have any tolerance for my sister. they butt heads, and she's tried to kick my sister several times during winter feeding.
her weight is good, if anything she's put on some lbs. she's currently 14.2 ish (measured her leg and estimated she's not going to get hardly any taller)and around 950lbs.
the others hog the block likes its a treat and feed. but again she's the only one with an obviously lack of energy or perhaps motivation.
if it's not a health reason, then i will do my best to be extra enthusiastic and hope it will become contagious. as far as being picked on, my sister's gelding in particular likes to be 'the man' around her, and at first she would kick him, but now rarely. its like she doesn't care much anymore. but she does seem a little aggressive towards the toher filly. which makes me second guess injury. perhaps even a pinched nerve. but again i couldn't find any sensitive spots.