Peri-articular Ringbone Treatment
My horse, a 16 year old Percheron x Thoroughbred gelding, has moderate-to-severe periarticular ringbone in both front pasterns. I've owned him for four and a half years, and prior to this winter, he's been almost perfectly sound (he did have two months of unsoundness a few summers ago). However, since late October, he's been off. Some days it's a clear grade 3, most days he's between a grade 1 and nothing, and some days it's between grade 1-2.
Right now, my vet has me icing him and painting the area with a DMSO+Absorbine gel and working him lightly under saddle. As of this past week, he's been only lame when counterbending (to look at all of the scary things on the wall of the arena!) and only at a trot. He feels like he's 98% there - but I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas for treatments to get him over that last hump to soundness.
The tricky part is that it's periarticular, so joint injections don't seem like they'd be worth the trouble. I'm not sure if there IS anything more to do, but I figured I'd post here to see if anyone has any input.