So, I've been argueing with myself for a while about this and today my friend said it sounds like its time to stall him.
So, this horse is 5yrs, very big and thick, and he has arthritis in both hocks. We put him on Adequan and I've noticed him moving better. Well before, the arthritis was throwing his back out, now it seems like since he is feeling better and moving like he should, its causing his hindquarters and back to be sore since he and his muscles are not use to it (I keep having talks with him about not pushing it but you know boys
) I've stopped riding and working him completely now, and I do massage, mineral ice, and stretches. It works very well, and I've noticed after he's had his blanket on for a while his muscles are relaxed and not sore.
His hindquarters look more muscled and less flabby, but he is still sore though its getting better.
He is on 24/7 pasture with 3 other horses. Should I leave him be? Or corral him and lightly exercise him daily on the ground? Also, anyone have any ideas on helping his back? Im considering buying a muscle supplement that's designed to help a horse's muscles stay healthy while its recovering.
Any thoughts? Stall or pasture? Or stall half day, pasture half?