Hi! I was wondering people's thoughts on this horse I ride for my cousin. He has back issues and while we all love him I was thinking about his future. He's a TB/Arab cross and probably 12 years old. After she bought him it was discovered he had back pain. We found out later that he flipped over when being started. He has scar tissue, two almost touching vertabre and some arthritis in his back. He's very sweet but hard to get going with. My cousin wants to do a bit of everything with him from barrels, reining, eventing ect. I'm a pleasure rider and just help keep him in shape. What's the realistic prognosis? He has had previcox, but, oral supplements, magnet blankets ect. She did some shockwave and injections . She might try mesotherapy. The lameness vet says oral medicine won't do anything but legends might. He only goes well for a few months. They also suggested more shock wave and mesotherapy. My cousin can't afford it unless I pitch in. I'm willing to do that, but seems like there is no end in sight. How often will we need to do all this? It gets expensive. He is really hard to keep in shape and really been a pleasure horse because of this. I'd love thoughts. Personally wondering if she should retire him to something lesser like trail rides, dressage or in the pasture.