However I got a call from my best friend today who keeps her horses with mine - He is going downhill. The swelling is increasing and his lamness is quite noticeable at the trot. Basically I don't think I have any option but to look for somewhere to get him on stall rest.
I have had him 11 years and he has been a pasture horse that entire time. When we compete, if he is stalled for two nights or more, he starts to stock up.
How do I transition him into, and manage him (Well, advise he be managed) on stall rest? He is going to hate it, poor fella, and because we don't have stalls he is going to have to move somwhere away from all his mates as well.
Feed wise, I have never had to deal with feeding a horse that wasn't on grass. He is a fatty on grass so is minimaly fed. I assume the best bet would be meadow/grass hay in a slow feeder haynet or similar so he is digesting something all the time, and then a concentrate to top up his vits/mins? If he is normally a good doer, would you guess a ration balancer would be sufficient or is the loss of 24/7 grazing that big a deal that I will have to supplement some fat as well?
Legs wise, what is the best way to manage stocking up in the long term? This is going to be at least two months. When he first was diagnosed I bought him the back on track quick wraps to try and combat the swelling. Dad wasn't to enthused and said they kept slipping down, but they were on in thr paddock so it may be different in a stall. I could get another pair so he has them for all four feet, I guess this would be less labour intensive on the carer than full wraps?
Mentally - I am resigned that he is probably going to be bored out of his brain and a bit loopy. Any good toys anyone can suggest that don't involve huge amounts of sugar?
Also, I have never ever had to hand the care of any of my horses over to someone else, let alone when I won't be there to inspect the facility. Luckily the horse area at home is pretty close knit and most agistment places either have a good rep or don't; However what sort of questions do I need to ask? What are some common things that go wrong with this kind of situation?
Any help greatly appreciated, it SUCKS having to try and deal with this from far away.