We have a shetland who is in her late 20's. Last week she rolled in the field but was struggling to get back up. She suffers from arthritis in her legs and gets quite stiff in the winter.
With a little help from us she was standing and was fine for a few days, as the weather has got colder she is getting worse. It now seems to be everytime she lies down we have to help get her back end up. Once she is up she is fine, although when she has gone down in the night she has been unsteady for a little while on standing (we put a strap under her for 30mins or so to help take the weight until the stiffness eases). She is eating and drinking well and is her usual bossy self. We have kept her stabled due to snow/mud etc and to make the lifting easier.
I am hoping when the warmer weather comes and her joints ease she will be ok and will see another summer.
How long can a horse stand before it needs to lie down to rest - I have tried to search for this info online but keep getting different answers?
I would be grateful if anyone who has had a similar experience could give some advice.
Really don't want to have her pts yet but obviously if she deteriorates we would not let her suffer.