SaddleOnline - That's interesting! I've never heard of that. But I think that even if they offered that around here at UofM or something, I don't think I could afford it as I'm assuming you have to trailer in on top of the cost of the procedure.
Mini-Update: I stopped by the clinic today to pick up his xrays for the farrier and some bute tabs and my vet happened to walk in while I was standing there. He took me into a side room with a light board and showed me his xrays and took the time to explain exactly what he was looking at, etc. It was really cool, and it's nice that I understand a little better now. We talked for awhile about options including surgery. He said that in Justin's case, surgery would probably not be worth it because it looks like his pastern joint has already started to fuse on its own. Also, he said the fetlock joint has some substantial loss of cartilage and may actually be causing him more pain than the pastern, and they could fuse that joint as well but then he would be completely unrideable. He told me exactly what to look for in supplements for him and ideal dosages and I was able to find a couple of really good supplements for him at Dover. The farrier is coming out on Monday to put shoes on his back feet. At this point, I am feeling optimistic that with this combination, he will be sound for light riding as bute alone made him comfortable enough to ride. My goal is to find a combination to keep him sound without daily Bute if at all possible.
Woah. Holy no paragraphs. Sorry. :/ Anyway, the vet is fairly confident that, although his condition is advanced, we should be able to get him sound and keep him that way for a few years. At this point, my plan is to go ahead with this treatment plan knowing that he may end up as a pasture ornament in the foreseeable future. At that point, he will probably become my son's horse and I will buy a new riding horse. If he ends up needing injections or more intense treatment, he will be going back to his previous owner.
I will attach some pictures of his feet (it's his left hind) in case anyone is interested along with his xrays. I had to play with them a little in photoshop to make them bright enough as I had to scan them with my computer which doesn't work so well.
One man's wrong lead is another man's counter canter.
"Adjust Your Pleasure"
2006 Medicine Hat Paint Gelding