Last Sunday night Molly, my 22 year old Quarter Horse mare, came up lame in her front leg. She did not at the time have any heat or swelling, she applied weight but very little and "hobbled" along. Her personality was bright and cheery with her usual appetite so after taking her temp, normal, I figured we'd do a wait and see. Thought maybe she'd just twisted something and would be OK in a few days.
Her condition remained similar up until yesterday when I noticed she'd warn away quite a bit of her toe and was really avoiding using her heel. Her leg was now a little swollen/stocked up from knee to hoof so we called the vet out.
I live thirty miles from nowhere and we have little country vets here. He has no equipment for x-rays so this was a well educated guess. He says Navicular.
At this time I would assume my next step is to have x-rays done to confirm and see where were at? He did say in some cases this doesn't make or break the case. We are in the process of a move so it will be close to a month before I can haul her three hours to have this done. He has prescribed her bute, 2 grams AM and PM for the next four days then drop down 1 gram AM and PM then four days later try to cut that in half as well. Any advice?
Supplements that could help?
(I have no experience with anything like this so I've spent the night researching)
My mare has had NO prior lameness. I've owned her for just about twelve years and she's been a sure footed full time Dressage horse, Barrel horse and Trail horse, never sore, never worn shoes, no issues.
Can someone explain how one day she woke up nearly "three legged lame" after never having had any sign of anything?
What can be done to help manage this?
What are the odds she'll ever be able to be even a light bareback trail horse again?
It kills me to know my last ride a week and a half ago with her may be her last, it was nothing special and I NEVER suspected she'd come up permanently lame :(
She is pastured on five acres of soft grass and lots of sand, the vet gave me the impression I could try shoes however if she is limping this bad on soft damp sand he felt shoes wouldn't make much difference - I read online farrier work and shoes make a world of difference?
If anyone can shed light on anything that would be great :(