Now that we've been 'officially' diagnosed with a soft tissue injury and my horse's joints and nerves are clear below the level of the knee...
I've decided to let him have time off to rest and heal up. There is a big node of some sort on his right forearm below the shoulder where the leg comes in. I have been massaging it, and he will receive chiro and acupuncture to sort out the imbalances caused by his front feet angles.
My farrier thinks he can manage him back to soundness, but it will take another 2-3 shoeings. We are not going with wedges unless its really necessary.
Hopefully his right pastern angle and feet will change back to normal with the care and attention of our farrier. I fired the old farrier.
I plan to hand walk him, and do horse agility (at the walk) and just other fun stuff. My question: This is a very mild off-ness but it is a consistent head nod at the trot, on the right circle. How much time would you suggest as a rest period, and when would I 'test' him as to soundness and healing? Thanks.