My horse has arthritis in his left-front pastern joint from being neglected before I got him. I adopted him when he was lame but I put him through rehab and special shoes and he really thrived.
I feel like when he was being worked regularly (nearly every day) he was reliably sound.
He then had an entire month off because of the rain where I couldn't even walk him around because the barn was a swampland and had no room (moving in one week to a place with much better drainage and plenty of room).
So to cut to the chase: When dealing with arthritis in the pastern, will having time off make it worse? Will getting back into a regular schedule *potentially* help him feel better?
Basically, I'm feeling incredibly discouraged seeing that he was noticeably off at the trot tonight. Nothing has changed since he was sound except time off cooped up in his stall. He's had recent x-rays and the vet attributes any lameness in that leg to his arthritis. He's on legend injections as well as Smartflex Repair supplement.
Again, I am planning to make a full thread about him but right now I'm mostly just interested in the phrase in bold above. Thanks!