What you're going to discover is all these conditions are connected. They all share some of the same symtoms so it's hard to say he has more of a problem with one over the other. Your best bet is to get him on a full blown EPSM diet. The stringhalt is exacerbated by the lack of energy to the large hind muscles. Forcing him to even walk at this point is potentially more damaging than good. He is going to use lean muscle mass to fuel the muscle. If he is reluctant to do something, give him the benefit of the doubt that it's painful or he just doesn't have the energy to do it. 24/7 turnout wandering around the pasture at his own pace is what's best for the next month. Give him the month to train his muscles to use the fat as an energy source. One good part is the cold weather makes everything worse so it will get better.
I've had impressive results with acupuncture. The first session gets them moving more true and freely and with 3-5 total, I can get them on a once a year maintenance. My stallion loves the deep muscle stimulation (they hook the needles up to a power source). He is not a EPSM horse but had a pinched nerve and has weak hind end as a result.
He already looks better.
Last edited by Left Hand Percherons; 02-24-2013 at 01:19 PM.