So I bought a rescue off a feed lot, knowing that its risky buying a horse with no history I know of and all that. Which was fine I wouldnt be shocked if something was wrong, kind of. Anyway I got him when he was 7 months had a vet check as healthy as could be. So we have him on a grass pasture with three other gelding right now. He gets 1 scoop of stable miz pellets a day, and a flake of grass hay a day. He has never been in a stall of night let alone been in one for more than an hour. We use clinton anderson methods at our ranch. I do some light round pen work with him, pressure, and desesitizing for now. The farrier came out to trim his feet for the first time today, he did AMAZING. But there farrier looks at me and says he has apophysis. I was like what the He** is that?! he told.. anyway his knees are swollen and his pasterns too. I had no idea.. She said it will stunt his growth and all this other scary stuff. But she said I could help and so I took him off the grass pasture put him in the dirt lot were I will continue to feed normal. My trainer said to give him grow colt but the farrier said no supplements and to just do lots of trotting work with him. I will get a second opinion from the vet but so far I have heard keep him in a big open area and don't let him in a stall. Any opinions will work, please help!! I put a picture from today you can kind of see his knees.. ( I think i put a photo at least)
That's some scary advice. Why would anyone think that a swollen, tender, trauma area would benefit from pounding and concussion?