Jackson is doing much better, thanks to his multitude of medications and fancy new aluminum shoes with pads.
When we first started him on the meds, he stood by the window of his round pen with his head drooping and didn't take an interest in much of anything. I read that depression is a common side effect of pergolide and would resolve within a few days, which it thankfully did.
With all his medication mixed together, it equals about a quarter cup of powder. It was too much to mask in food so I gave up on that pretty quick. Jackson is our pickiest eater, by far. Fortunately, he is also the easiest to medicate with a syringe. I bought a big jar of applesauce and use a couple spoonfuls of that as the base. I add the powdered meds and a bit of water, then mix it up thoroughly. It resembles pancake batter in consistency, except that it is a lovely shade of brown.
Next, I load it into a great big syringe and squirt it down his throat. Then I give him a carrot or a cookie. I repeat this three times -- I told you its a lot of meds. He doesn't mind it (way better than wormer), and looks for the treat.
Now that everything is dry, he is also spending time outside in the back arena. I put him out in the evening and bring him back into the barn in the morning. He always rolls first. Lately, he's also been adding some bucking and rearing moves to the repertoire.
He gets his medication slurry in the morning. In the evening, he gets some senior feed with two tablespoons of one of the meds, and then he wears special bell boots during the night that create heat and increase circulation to his hoofs.
It's a lot to manage, but he's definitely improving and he loves all the attention.