The vet just told me my 11 year old ottb has some arthritis goin on. Any ideas of good exercises I can do to keep his blood flowin and keep him comfortable? He's on good supplements and is happy and healthy otherwise!
Just keep him moving, continue working him but you may need to take a little longer in warmups when the weather is cold to loosen him up. I would have him on msm and joint guard or a similar product.
Magnetic boots have also helped my gelding with arthritis in a hock.
Keeping them moving definitely helps ;) Movement helps to increase natural lubrication in the joints which will keep your horse far more comfortable. My coach was using her 25 year old andalusian as a school horse when he retired from dressage competition. He was arthritic but quite comfortable being ridden lightly 5 days/week. She decided he'd paid his dues in life and brought him to my property to retire with my other horses. Within 1 month he had gone hugely downhill and was very sore and stiff, so was put to sleep shortly after. Amazing how much difference a little bit of work can make.
I agree with keeping him moving. Don't stall if you can avoid it, make sure he has shelter but let him have freedom of movement. My 27 year old has a stall that opens into his paddock and he loves it. I'd also put him on a joint supplement and shoes would probably help the thin soles..