This year we made the covered round pen into a winter stall for him. He has a window to the outside, and a gated doorway into the barn.
He's been content; watching the other horses and watching us throughout the day.
Tonight, he was waiting for me at the gate. When I asked him to move back so I could open the gate and bring in the cart to pick up manure, he resisted. Then I noticed he was lifting his hind right off of the ground.
Uh oh. He played with the muck cart while I looked at his foot. He stayed at the doorway while I picked up manure and when I took the cart outside. Brett said he finally hobbled painfully over to his hay, so I mixed him up some bute. Jackson is notoriously picky so I mixed the bute with some sweetened grain and a little water. He sniffed it suspiciously and, when I placed it on the ground, he lifted his front foot and kicked it across pen; sweet feed went flying into the dirt.
So, I guess he'll just have to tough it out. Hopefully, the abscess will burst sooner rather than later.