Arthritic Horse....stabling issues
I hope someone can shed some light on an issue of what is best for an older horse with arthritis, navicular disease and a chronic abcess. I have a boarder whose horse has all these issues. It's a fjiord, so under normal winter conditions this breed does just fine with PA winters living out with a run-in. But this guy is 25 and is on isox, 1/2 bute a day, plus cosequin and BL pellets. He moves slow and gimpy but is in good weight, is happy with the mini he goes out with daily, has a large stall to move around in at night. He does like to lie down at night several times and sleeps on his side, flat out. Now owner wants to move him to a field boarding situatiion because she thinks the moving around all the time will help his arthritis. I worry he won't be able to rest adequately, and won't escape the cold that will be tough on his arthrits.
What would you suggest? PS my vet says he should stay in the situation he's in, not upset the apple cart going into winter.