First off: I LOVE this new vet. Our usual vet was there too, and she is wonderful as well. But the point was we wanted fresh eyes and ideas on Miss. O. Anyway, this guy was great. His whole focus was on the horse, he barely addressed me when I got there (arrived late from work-stupid traffic). And while he explained things in general about what was going on and what he was doing, his whole demeanor was “let’s get this horse fixed”. Perfect!
Secondly, in some strange way I was really glad that she had moved out lame. At least he could see her at her worse. What I wasn’t happy with was the fact that while she is lame in back, I was totally missing how lame she was in front as well. The new vet actually believes it’s her front right that is causing all her soreness. She’s compensating essentially for the pain in her lower leg. The plan was (after the basics) to do nerve-block her and pinpoint where to take the x-rays. At her fetlock she began to move out soundly, and look much better. Ta-da. Issue was below the fetlock. Bring on the x-rays.
Quickly followed by FRUSTRATION!! No lameness issues in her x-rays! He even mentioned that her bones and joints all look great. Bottom note-the x-rays were inconclusive and it is most likely not joint/bone issues. I’m feeling really torn because I was so much hoping for the answer to it all. Also, because the vet was putting out some ideas about possible soft tissue injury which I have never personally dealt with. So it seems really scary! Either way, he is going to come back tomorrow and hoof test and do some more tests. Sad that it’s another expensive farm visit…but still hoping for the answer. The vet assured me that he is going to figure it out! I’ve just got to keep hoping.
The worst part is thinking that post injury what we are going to do about keeping her sound and whether this is the right fit for her. My husband questions it a lot (simply due to all her soundness issues), sometimes it creeps into my brain, and I know at least one of my trainers is thinking the same thing. I love my horse, and I just want to make her happy! Too much deep thought for today. I came home from the vet to a massive pina colada-thank you amazing husband!!