His hooves had some obvious rings and waves from nutrition issues.
This was taken in March or April of 2012 He was still pretty big. Still had some winter coat on him, On this particular ride which was done at a walk or slow trot the entire way, he spent a good amount of time groaning as he walked, like he really didn't want to be there, or that maybe he was hurting. Although once we headed towards home he seemed to be ok. He groans for almost every ride though.
Killian is an energy conservationist, to the point of being almost letheargic. To get a canter out of him for any length of time is almost impossible. When I took him to the Ranch Horse clinic, after I forced him to run after cows, he got down right unruly. Not so much hot and excited, as he was grumpy. Not wanting to mind, not wanting to do anything I asked of him. I have to ask myself, was he in pain or just being lazy?
Killian has never had a real check up. Except very briefly by one vet who came out to give shots. I do not care for that vet, and he won't be seeing him again. He briefly looked at his teeth, gave him some shots and then moved on to the next. I am really starting to wonder if maybe he has some sort of underlying issue that is causing him some pain, hence the constant slow motion. I know he needs to be ridden more, which could be the lack of muscle tone, since he is 17 now. There aren't any big red flags with Killian, just little things that make me wonder about him. Is he just lazy or is there something going on that we aren't catching.
The day he kicked me it was wicked cold and windy, was that cold making him hurt and grumpy? Was it intended for Sassy? Who knows?
I'm thinking that it is a good time to schedule a check up for the big guy. Just to rule out any serious issues.