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    11-27-2011, 02:13 AM
  #11
Foal
Is your vet 100% certain its an OCD lesion? Its not in the most common sites for OCD of the stifle (assuming I'm reading the radiograph correctly?) If it is OCD, the best prognosis is for lesions that are less that 2cm long and less than 5mm deep.

But to me, that looks more like a subchrondral bone cyst (SCB cyst). Either way, it will need surgical debridement (cleaning up the bone and removing any pieces) as well as injection of the cyst with corticosteroids and a controlled exercise program. The prognosis can be as good as 75-85%.

However, you major problem with either of these two conditions is osteoarthritis/degenerative bone disease, especially as you want to barrel race which is hard on a horses joints. There are lots of joint supplements and treatments to try prevent/reduce the amount os osteoarthritis. Have you heard of IRAP? I'm not sure its in your country and it is quite expensive, but its shown great results with DJD.
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    11-27-2011, 02:28 AM
  #12
Trained
Go and get a second opinion before making any rash decisions regarding surgery. Just to be sure. People on a forum are not going to be able to give detailed enough information regarding the exact diagnosis and surgery costs.
     
    11-27-2011, 02:31 AM
  #13
Foal
Forgot to add about costs, get a quote from your vet and also see if you can get others from other vets.

Another good option is if you have a veterinary academic hospital near you - sometimes they can offer reduced rates as its a teaching institution.
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    11-27-2011, 06:55 AM
  #14
Foal
Thank you for everyone's input. We are in the process of getting other opinions. Even my vet has sent the x-ray to a few different places. At the moment we are waiting on Univ. Of Penn to get back to us. I also am going to contact a lameness specialist in our area. We live in Connecticut if anyone else knows of someone we might be able to contact for another opinion. Time is of the utmost importance because our little guy is in so much pain. Regarding the barrel racing we understand that dream could be over. That isn't important to us, his health is. I can always get another horse to barrel race but I can't get another Acheron.
     
    11-27-2011, 01:24 PM
  #15
Trained
New Bolton is one of the best, if not the best, veterinary surgery clinics in the country. I'd sure want a horse of mine to go there if I were in your area. Good luck with your little guy, poor thing!
     
    11-27-2011, 03:03 PM
  #16
Started
A friend's horse went through this about 2 years ago as a then 3 year old. He had a poor prognosis from the vets who were consulted except for one. That one surgeon came with an impressive resume and had high expectations for the horse down the road. Surgery went well (I think around $3K) but with about 3 months stall rest, the hock wasn't where it needed to be to start working him. She elected to try IRAP (another $1k) and within a month he had a clean bill of health to start undersaddle. He's been in training ever since with no lingering issues.

So I guess my only advice is when shopping around, who believes that they can help the horse and who has done enough of them to have the skills to get in there and clean the joint up?
     
    11-27-2011, 04:13 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by pattyschuler    
Thank you for everyone's input. We are in the process of getting other opinions. Even my vet has sent the x-ray to a few different places. At the moment we are waiting on Univ. Of Penn to get back to us. I also am going to contact a lameness specialist in our area. We live in Connecticut if anyone else knows of someone we might be able to contact for another opinion. Time is of the utmost importance because our little guy is in so much pain. Regarding the barrel racing we understand that dream could be over. That isn't important to us, his health is. I can always get another horse to barrel race but I can't get another Acheron.
U.Penn is great, Mid-atlantic in NJ is also very good Welcome to Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center A friend of mine took her horse there when she cut her leg and actually cut the joint capsule, our local vet was going to euth on the spot but the owners wanted to try to save her, they trailed her down there. She had surgery to repair the joint capsule and had to wear a hard cast for 6 weeks, after which they ultrasounded her leg, she has been in a soft cast for about 2 weeks now and is about to be off stall rest and begin limited turnout. They expect her to regain total soundness in 6 months to a year.

I wish I knew more about your horses condition and I hope you are able to help him. I will have to go do some reading on OCD.
     
    11-29-2011, 05:13 PM
  #18
Foal
I just wanted to give everyone an update. Acheron is going to New Bolton on Monday and his surgery is on Tuesday. They are going to clean out the joint and remove the bone cyst and inject the cartilage/bone area with stem cells to help the bone heal. Thank you for everyones input. Please pray for Ash to come out of the surgery on a positive note.
     
    11-29-2011, 07:08 PM
  #19
Green Broke
That's good news. Maybe they can shoot a few more x-rays to see if there are any more lesions around. Not trying to scare you but it is known to be the case in some horses.
Best of luck to you & your baby.
     
    11-29-2011, 07:36 PM
  #20
Yearling
Sending good thoughts and prayers to you and your boy. Let us know how it goes!
     

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