I have an old mule and his shoulders are quite bad ( he was roped hard off of in his younger years)
His shoulders arent "injured" there just "done" he only walks now but is still very happy.
We have been keeping him in our indoor arena for these reasons :
He doesnt need a blanket because its warm ( he doesnt like blankets because they bug his shoulders)
He can't slip ( this is the main reason because it is soooooo icey outside he could easily slip and break somthing or even slip his shoulder out of the socket)
His arthritis isnt acting up ( when horses have arthritis the colder it is the more it will act up )
It is nice and comfy ( he loves the to roll and sleep in the sand )
He has room to walk ( since his shoulders are worn out he likes to walk around to make them feel better so the arena is nice and big)
All of these are helping him much more then him being outside in the slippery cold
He has hay and water and a bucket for his grain.
But when he lays down to sleep and roll he can get up fine and sturdy but once he's up he very stiff and sore, when he walks about 10 to 15 steps he's better again. But the biggest problem is at night ( around 9-10 pm) he's already laying down sleeping ( he always fell asleep earlier even when he was young) and that is when we feed him so he gets up all stiff and sore then he has to stand in one place when he eats which doesnt help, then he goes to sleep again so at night and int he morning its quite bad and that's the main problem.
So I was wondering how to help this!?!!?
We are putting him on a powederd bute that doesnt damage horses kidneys like the paste.
I was also wondering if once he's up and about to eat if I should put his halter around and walk him around the arena a couple times and then give him his food, would that help??