Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Interesting. Sorry that happened, that is just an awful story. Pepper sure is a looker! It's like, "where is the knight?".
What I do for "stiff", and what worked wonders for a stiff senior is...once a day: take their leg from the upper (as you would to take out any wrinkles from a girth) so it (the upper part of the leg) is parallel to the ground, and make a "cradle" with both your hands, and cradle the leg a bit above the knee in your hands so that that lower part of the leg is "hanging", and pull the leg out toward you (you should be standing facing the horse) ever so slightly and rock it back and forth...rock it just a little distanceleft to right when you first begin. Generally speaking, if you are doing it correctly their whole body will relax and there expression will go to "ahhhh". The more often you do it, the more you can "stretch" (pull it out) and you can increase the "swing" distance. You have to start "slow" and build up. Hope that helps.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.