I do therapy with my horse Jerry, because he has some severe arthritis in his tendons, back, and neck. He gets very stiff and uncomfortable throughout most of the day. The vet prescribed some medicine for him to take away the pain and it also helps the swelling a little, but I can still tell Jerry is in a lot of pain.
So: I do therapy with him. 7 months ago, when Jerry was first diagnosed with moderately severe arthritis, I took a 6-week class on natural horsemanship/therapy to help your horse's mental and physical state. The classes were great, but Jerry didn't respond as well as I would have hoped. Then, one day, my other horse, Andromeda, accidentally got put out in the pasture with Jerry. Andy hates other horses, and she basically attacked and left him with bruises and scrapes all over. He actually got a bit depressed when he had to be stalled for 2 weeks, away from other horses.
Anyway, onto the point!
At the moment, I do some lunging work with him and some massage therapy. I'm also supposed to ice his legs twice a day, which I do. But I'm getting a little worried for Jerry's sake; he is very old and it's very hot outside. The vet came and looked at him 4 days ago and said if he doesn't start improving, his condition may worsen and cut off his breathing eventually. Please give me some suggestions on new therapy methods I could try; it might save Jerry's life!
Thanks and sorry for the rant.