Yesterday, in the pasture, I did notice that Cowboy was doing a little of the involuntary head bobbing and his ears were down in a look I identify with discomfort. Now that the days are getting longer and there's more sunshine, I have to be proactive in my plan from last fall. I'm going to call my vet tomorrow and discuss medication, and I'm going to order his darkening mask. I've already separated him out into a stall during the day. I'm going to go out in a few minutes and release him for the night. I want him out as much as possible, so I'll start there and see how he does.
I love this horse so much, I've decided as long as he's happy I'll do whatever it takes to keep him going. He's an important part of my life, and he has such a great personality--a real entertainer and sweetheart. I have to do anything and everything I can to keep him from getting much worse; basically, I need to keep him from becoming a danger to himself and others.
Oddly, I'm starting to dread the end of winter and beginning of spring.