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Canko
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Slow moving horse
Nov 11th, 2007 at 7:30pm
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I just had a question about my neighbors horse. I have just noticed a couple of days ago that she is moving alot slower. Does horses metablism slow down in the winter or is something wrong with her?
  
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Re: Slow moving horse
Reply #1 - Nov 12th, 2007 at 11:01am
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Under what circumstances is she moving slower (in a pasture, under saddle, at which gaits), and what is her current condition (age, pregnant or not, exercised regularly or sedentary, sound or lame)?  Without more specific information, it's difficult to even begin to speculate.

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Reply #2 - Nov 14th, 2007 at 11:15pm
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The horse is in a small farm in Ohio.  They donot exercise her much at all. The  only exercise the horse gets is from walking around the yard.I feed it apples and carrots by the fence, and she use to gallop over to me. Now with in The last couple of weeks she just walks over very slowly.I am just concerned that she isnt getting the proper care.
  
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Reply #3 - Nov 15th, 2007 at 8:39am
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It's nice of you to be concerned about your neighbor's horse, but there simply isn't enough information in your posts for me to have any idea what might be going on with the animal.  It could be nothing at all, or it could be something a vet should look at.

Have you considered voicing your concerns to the horse's owners?  Let them know that you have noticed a significant change in the horse's behavior and activity level lately, and you're worried that there might be something wrong.  The owners may not even be aware that the horse is acting differently, so your comments may prompt them to pay closer attention to her.

I'm sorry that I can't offer any more specific advice than that.

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Reply #4 - May 23rd, 2011 at 2:02am
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The best way to learn to drive a horse drawn vehicle is with an experienced coach or instructor. The feel on the reins and the cues you will need direct to your horse while driving are different from riding. An instructor can teach you to handle reins and whip, how to stop and turn safely and coach you through transitions of pace and going up and down hills.
  
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Re: Slow moving horse
Reply #5 - Jul 18th, 2011 at 12:53am
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I feed it apples and carrots by the fence, and she use to gallop over to me. Now with in The last couple of weeks she just walks over very slowly. It could be nothing at all, or it could be something a vet should look at. The feel on the reins and the cues you will need direct to your horse while driving are different from riding. Thanks.
  
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