We have a 17 year old quarter gelding that has been shown all of his life, recently brought out of retirement to be used for lessons and 4H. He was showing soreness on his right hind, so we took him to the vet. He immediately found he had a loose stifle and suggested injecting it with iodine and swore it would help him. I should have done my research before jumping in, but trusted the vet and wanted to get this horse some relief! Well it has now been almost a week and he's more sore then he was when we went to the vet to begin with!
He said he would be "touchy" for a few days and we could start riding him after about 3 days. Due to the weather we were unable to, so planned on starting this evening but he is more lame then ever, especially when trotting. We didn't have the heart to keep working him. Should we give him more time off? He has had turnout everyday for the most part for several hours. Or should we push him thru the soreness? I'm at a loss what to do for this guy, I really want to give him bute but understand that to be counter-productive. Advice? Will he work out of this? How soon? I hate to see him in pain!!!