Sadly he suffers from navicular and he's getting worse now.
Now he's practically lame everyday...or at least if he's ridden. It have gotten far worse that what I thought in a short period of time...first when I started riding there, he would be lame if you rode him hard (lots of cantering) for 2 hours...now even trotting for 10 minutes (all together) will cause him to be lame.
I'm afraid that the barn owner will put him down since he can't earn a living (he's a lesson horse) and he seems to be lame all the time (also, appears that he's in pain after a small workout).
I can't say he's the nicest of horses...at least to other horses. He's the bully of the herd...always picking on the other horses, biting, and kicing them. But he loves people.
I'm so sad for I've always wanted to ride him, but won't know (not because I'm not allowed to) but because I don't want to cause him pain.
The barn owner was just thinking of giving him bute, but it would be tooe xpensive to keep giving him it, and it could hurt him further.
So we are unsure of what the barn owner is going to do.