Knee or hoof problem. Opinions PLEASE!!
I was told when I got Kay that she had mild arthritis in her left front knee. She had been neglected, was under weight, etc., etc. when the woman I bought her from rescued her from the man who had her. She had Kay for 3 months. I've had Kay since March. I've had her hooves trimmed regularly. They crack and chip alot. Plus she has had a small abcess in her back left hoof. This has been cared for and doesn't cause her any problems. The issue is the left front. Her farrier recommended front shoes back in July, so we had that done. I've had the vet out twice for cortizone shots in the left knee, she still continues to limp, with no improvement after the shots. The vet has stated he doesn't believe it is arthritis or bone chips in the knee. Possible tendon problem??? However, now Kay doesn't seem to want to put alot of weight on the hoof, holds it up alot when she is standing still and stumbles alot on that hoof when walking.
I'm at a loss and don't know which issue to lean toward as the problem. Any advice or recommendations are welcome.
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