My family recently bought a 10 year old off the track QH who is finished in barrels and has been competing for the last 3 years.
When we bought him he was a hot, nervous wreck that had a lot of gate/arena issues. Took him to vet, scoped him and treated for ulcers. Talk about night and day! It has been about 3 months since treatment. He has slowly started to not eat his alfalfa (gets a flake of grass and alfalfa, morning and night). He finally has quit all together. I have never met a horse who did not want his alfalfa, my herd is usually digging through the hay for every little piece. He is also so lethargic! He is tripping all over himself, to the point where he goes all the way down. He has absolutely no drive to go forward. He is ridden 4-5 days a week. Nothing too strenuous, trail rides and arena work to keep him shape.
Just wanting to pick some of your brains! Could this be a vitamin deficiency? He is not on any grain whatsoever, just hay.
We are scheduling him for a blood panel next week, but would like to know if anyone else had some input.