If Captain Hindsight were here, he’d say that I should have called a different vet out after my horse was still lame at 30 days stall rest. The initial diagnosis I got of a soft tissue strain wasn’t necessarily wrong, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.
The short story of yesterday’s vet visit was my horse’s right hock is a nightmare and it’s not fully fused. He scored a 1/2 (out of 3) on both hind legs for flextions in the hock/stifle area. His hocks hurt him, the RH doubly so.
The arthritis is not news to us, but he’s worse than before because he’s been sitting in his stall. So while the soft tissue healed, his hocks got ouchier from not moving around. So he looked lamer, which made me keep him in his stall… Bad cycle.
A lot of X-rays confirmed what the vet thought through the flextions. We took 4 views of both hocks and 4 views of his fetlock (she felt some weirdness that could have been ringbone but it was just his weird bone structure) – so although I have lots of info now I’m a but terrified of my bill 🙂
What do you do with a 7 y/o arthritic horse with a nasty hock? You get that bad boy fused ASAP. We injected both his hocks today, and because hocks fuse faster/better when the horse is moving and working – I get to start lunging him and turning him out Thursday! Can I get a what what?!?!
I am feeling thrilled. Now, there are no guarantees with horses and lameness as we all know but we are pretty much looking at three different scenarios:
He is back to 80% or better after his injections. He gets back in full work, and maybe 6 months from now he starts to slip and we get more injections. We keep injecting until the hock fully fuses. No big deal.
The injections help, but not for very long. In a month or two he’s showing signs of lameness again. Then we take him to the clinic and inject alcohol into the hock which basically kills the nerves and makes that mofo fuse. We put him back in work after his fancy hospital stay.
He is still lame after injections. That means something else is still going on, so we get vet back out to block and diagnose soft tissue issue.
I vote for scenario one or two… But either way I am feeling a lot better. Simon’s quality of life is going to improve so much this week, and mine will too!