Is it his opinion that this is arthritis? Did he have any other management strategies?
He didn't say it is arthritis. He used words arthrosis and ossification. I don't know how he knows that.
Firstly he watched her trot and we talked about her weird standing habit. Then he touched her on her back and legs. He thought the problem was in both stifles, and maybe in the sacroiliacal joint, said that she is completly stiff there.
Then he watched her trot and noticed how she carries her tail and then he asked me about how often she's in heat, if anything is weird, and I told him she's in heat more than other mares and that it is very obvious. He was worried about how she carries her tail and he said she may have a tumor on ovaries.
After saying that he did flexion tests and she was dead lame. Then he sedated her and did ultrasound to see if anything is wrong with her womb and ovaries. Everything was fine, no tumor
When he was doing rectal palpation he commented on her reaction, she seemed in pain.
He took x-rays of her stifle and hock. Nothing wrong there either. He said the pain in stifle is probably because she works more with stifles to ease the pain in sac. joint.
After all this he said that calcium is building up a bone on her sacroiliacal joint.
How can he know that calcium is building up on her sac. joint? I can't find a word about calcium on sac. joint on the internet, only injuries of soft tissue or joint itself.
He didn't talk much about the managment of this condition. I asked him 3 times what does that mean for her and he didn't answer me directly - only about bones and calcium. I want to know in how much pain she is and what actually the injections he gave her do, but he didn't explain it much. He only said this could stop or slow down the process.
He said she can go to the field next day and that we'll see how much the injections help in 2, 3 weeks, and that he will probably repeat the injections then.
I asked him if she'll need medications all the time and he said no.