I have an old mule and his shoulders are quite bad ( he was roped hard off of in his younger years)
His shoulders arent "injured" there just "done" he only walks now but is still very happy.
We have been keeping him in our indoor arena for these reasons :
He doesnt need a blanket because its warm ( he doesnt like blankets because they bug his shoulders)
He can't slip ( this is the main reason because it is soooooo icey outside he could easily slip and break somthing or even slip his shoulder out of the socket)
His arthritis isnt acting up ( when horses have arthritis the colder it is the more it will act up )
It is nice and comfy ( he loves the to roll and sleep in the sand )
He has room to walk ( since his shoulders are worn out he likes to walk around to make them feel better so the arena is nice and big)
All of these are helping him much more then him being outside in the slippery cold
He has hay and water and a bucket for his grain.
But he is bored :( Every day or second day he gets to go out in the field with his old friend ( his old friends name is buck)
But when he's in the arena he is bored, I was thinking that maybe putting buck in the arena would cheer hi up but buck would probley destroy the arena or work himself into a sweat and colic.....
I set up some pole bending poles and he likes to go and knock them down but he is getting kind of bored of that.
I was thinking of geting him one of those big hangin treat things but those would probley only last him a day and I don't want to make him sick...
Oh and also he isnt the jolly ball kinda guy, he likes food and breaking things and knocking things down haha
Any help apreciated