Yeah that's 100% reliable every minute with every horse, including this horse, though she never even mentioned the horse being trained that way. And horses never get injured or aggravate injuries doing that because they always listen 100% every second to 'voice commands' when turned loose in a ring after a period of time with less than their usual amount of exercise, and fed a working diet with a full amount of concentrates, the entire time they're laid up. And all riding arenas have perfect footing, so loose horses never slip or rick their backs when tearing around. And I have some ocean front property in Iowa to sell you, LOL. It's bad advice, ginster. Plain and simple. You're not familiar with this sort of problem, and you simply gave her bad advice. There is no mention by the OP of having this problem properly worked up/evaluated. It sounds like someone walked by and said, 'maybe it's arthritis.' The horse needs a proper evaluation and a real treatment plan. At this point I don't see any information from the OP that indicates she has a real diagnosis or treatment plan. Therefore the same annoying advice as usual: get the horse to a decent vet, get a real diagnosis, get a real treatment plan. Two weeks off with robaxin or bute is not a real treatment plan. As noted, lots of vets do not take back injuries seriously enough. These problems are generally chronic and longstanding before they are noticed.