I have a 4 year old Quarter Horse who has been having lots of soreness in both back hocks. This started about a couple months ago when we noticed she would lay down a lot and have trouble getting back up. Both hocks became very swollen and you could tell the horse was in pain. We had the vet out and she took some x-rays of both of them. Upon reviewing them, she then sent them to the Wisconsin Equine Clinic, who also determined that my horse Rosie has OCD. I was told that I should find a joint supplement to put her on.(She has been on Flex Max for over a month now and it hasn't helped) Well, a few of the vets x-rays didn't develop right so she came back for a second visit. On the second visit, the vet wanted to see how Rosie moved. We first took her at a walk. Then we decided we would try to trot.(Not riding I should add) After trotting, she would not put weight on the back right leg. My vet then told me we should inject both hocks and give her bute for awhile and see how she is. So we did......with no results. While at the farm, the vet took new x-rays and they were once again forwarded to the vet in Madison for a second opinion. Now I am being told that Rosie has the worst case of OCD that they have ever seen. My options are doing a treatment that costs $900 per treatment and she would need several. Then they went on telling me that the treatment is a hit or miss. WHAT???? Our next option is to keep her on pasture and maybe within a couple years she would heal up and be sound for light riding only! ????? Our last option.......put her to sleep. I am at a complete loss on what to do. Me and Rosie had a rough start in our relationship with each other as it was a battle between green rider and green horse(yes I know...I bought the wrong horse to begin with) but somehow we managed to figure each other out and have gotten to really have respect for each other. Well, now I am hit with this outcome for her. I have no clue what to do. I am waiting to hear from the vet from Madison, but meanwhile I am told to put her down. Has anybody ever had to deal with a horse with OCD? And what was the outcome for your horse?
*Sorry for the rambling. Just very upset about this right now!