I found out recently that my mare has arthritis. The weather is changing alot right now and she is really stiff and sore. When I checked on her yesterday her one ankle (the one that has arthritis) was huge. She was in pain and just watching her walk was not fun. I gave her some bute and left her inside all day but I put her out for the night. Right now she lives outside with my gelding but he will be going for some training next week so I'm thinking of moving her into a stall till spring. Can the change in weather make it worse or is arthritis just something that flares up and then calms down randomly. Also what can I do to help her? The vet gave me some medication that I'm supposed to feed her every day but its not working at all. Other than that he said that there was nothing I can do. Being meI don't want to accept that there is nothing I can do. Right now her feed consists of half really good grass hay and half alfalfa. I'm thinking that I might start giving her some grain but I'm not sure what.
Sorry for the confusing story.
And thanks for any responses.