My 18 Yr old exracehorse has just been diagnosed with a keratoma in hand foot. My vet is organising a surgeon to come and operate in the next 10 days, but jm concerned about the aftercare. Hes 18 and already has stiff hocks. At his age is it fair to put him on box rest for months? I don't know how long he needs to be on box rest for entirely but the hoof needs to grow down completely (I assume)? He's such a lovely mild mannered horse and I have a very quiet yard at home. Its not as if horses and people are coming and gong all the time. Has anyone been in similar situation?