I have been battling an ongoing on/off lameness with my girl, and thought I might post here to see if anyone's experience might be able to help. I first want to say that she has already been evaluated by several vets, and the diagnosis is 'joint inflammation' in both fetlocks with no known cause.
In the past weeks when I have ridden her, she is occasionally off. It is always her front, but sometimes right, sometimes left. It is always SO slight, only noticable when she is backed, and even then it is difficult to see. Usually I notice it because I feel it when I am riding, and then I call someone over to watch and they eventually say "ok yeah, she is a little bit off," with her stride on one side being shorter. It does not get any worse with riding, she does not bob her head or show any signs of being agitated or uncomfortable, however I do stop riding as soon as I notice it just in case.
She is currently on a joint supplement, SmartFlex Repair (from smartpak, the info about it is here: SmartFlex Repair from SmartPak Equine
And I know about the controversy regarding whether feed-through joint supplements work, but I have yet to find any negative effects of feed-throughs, so I still use this, in case it does help some.
She was on Devils Claw Plus and extra MSM, but I didnt think they made a difference so I cut back to save some money. Anyone have any miracle anti-inflammatories I could try?
She has had joint injections in the past, not recently because the problem seemed to have been resolved. I am considering restarting injections, but is there any reason to not inject? She is only 10, can repeated injections cause any scarring or detrimental effects to the joint? Also; how much should I expect to pay for injections?
She is very hard to evaluate by the vets, because her lameness is not always there. I am getting tired (and so is he!) of calling the vet out, and paying the house call fee only to show him a completely sound horse. Every time I ride her I have to pray she will be sound today, and we are not longer taking lessons or planning on showing because I cannot count on her being sound. Just wondering if anyone might have some insight.