I have a gelding that has had some anxiety issues under saddle for a while that I just can't figure out. I've had him for 8 yrs now and he used to not have these issues. He was sensitive to the aids but a bit lazy by nature (would stop the minute you took your legs off) before, but now he just feels anxious all the time. I have checked into saddle fit, have had chiro and massage work done, have even given him a significant amount of time off. He has always appeared sound. He is now on month 2 of omeprazole in case of ulcers and no change, and has been on a ration balancer / beet pulp instead of grain, no change. Ive been trying to bring him back into regular work but things still arent right.
I'm thinking could he possibly be reactive to soy or deficient in Mg? I'd like to try a soy-free feed first to rule out soy. What should I try? Oats or ? Other ideas? Thanks guys!
I feed my mare good quality crimped oats, beet pulp, alfalfa cubes (soaked), flax and a vit/mineral supplement (with no soy in it). She is a lot more cooperative since taking her off feed w/soy. Alfalfa helps to buffer acidity. Check out this web site's Fix it with Feed articles.
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