Originally Posted by Luv 2 Ride
The main reason I have continued to stall him after noticing the stiffness is that he has horable hooves!! He is flat footed....always has seperation and I stress myself out over his hooves! My farrier has told me to keep his feet as dry as possible and he stands on clean/dry stall mats in his stall Turned out there are mosquitos big enough to carry you away...the ground is wet with due and it is dark and scary! What shoud I do?
put some mats down in the pasture at places so if he wants to he can stand on dry parts. You can use some hoof seleant (yeah I spelled that wrong) and that will help protect his hooves. Try it for a night or two. Just make sure that you clean his feet good after being in the mud for a while. Having a little wetness shouldn't bother the hooves, IMO. Maybe try it two days or so before the farrier comes and then see what he says when he looks at the hooves. But it is defiantely the stall causing the stiffness.
Is there an indoor arena or a huge stall that you can put him in at night? The bigger the stall the better. When you put hay in there for him..don't put it all in one place...put it all over so he was to walk to get a new bite.