Last week, I acquired (for free) a 7 y/o 17h TB gelding project-horse. He is as sweet as pie, and has such a willing attitude that I was willing to see past his SI issues.
He had been unridden in 7 months due to his previous owner’s life circumstance (new baby, + building a barn + 2 other horses). She was able to provide me with his vet records, and was very up-front with the fact that he has an SI condition, that, with chiro and regular exercise was very controllable and he was functionally sound.
I knew that in early 2014 he was injected in his SI which helped greatly, but since he has been sitting for so long, I feel like he is back to square one. I am planning on taking it very slow with him -walking and trotting straight lines to build him back up, regular chiro and putting liniment gel and massaging on his back before riding.
He got new shoes and chiro on monday and tuesday of this week. I lunged him for a little bit about 5 hours after his curio treatment just to see how he moved (I now know this was a no-no) and he was moving great. When I rode him the next morning, he was lame at the trot.
I talked who his former owner who recommended riding just straight lines (I am a dressage rider so I am obsessed with circles and bends LOL) and walking him for 10, trotting for 5 on the long sides only and actively walking for another ten.
Aside from carrot stretches and massage. What can I do to help him? Should I get him injected again since its been so long?