Pony has been lame on and off of late.
Vet has diagnosed that he has no cartlidge in his stifle and has an abcess on it aswell.
He wants to operate at great expense and the people who own this pony can't afford it. He has told them after the operation (which apparently will be really expensive - $1000 to $2000) it will cost them $300 or so a month to manage it for the rest of his life (pony is only 12).
Owners are talking of possibly putting him down - I think there's got to be a better solution.
Has anyone had to deal with an abcess like this?
And what are your thoughts on the joint problem please?