This past winter my show horse, who is extremely athletic and used to being ridden 3 times a week, sliced open his leg pretty good right below his hock. He did get stitches, and we had to bandage every day for a few weeks. He was on complete stall rest. I was worried about him going stir crazy but he actually did just fine. I bought him a Jolly Ball to try and help his boredom, and he throws that thing everywhere :) He was also able to see the other horses across the aisle way so I think that helped relax him.