I am totally new to this forum.
I just brought my horse frm pasture for 5 yrs. He is a TB gelding and is from the track. He never raced because I asked my father (breeder) if I could have him. Unfortunately I have been injured myself and unable to keep him with me. I am now better and have the horse in my possesion.
He came with very long feet and aluminum shoes with pads...
I had them taken off and the feet trimmed.
Once he was in a state that I could manage him without to many issue (I had Knee surgery in march) so I can not move that fast.
He had some X-rays done of the fronts and it showed "Solar Fractures of the coffin bone", which are the lesser of the issues.
The big issue is his right front. He has a cyst in the navicular bone! If looking at the navicular bone from the back ( on x-ray) it is sort of shaped like two wings with a point at the bottom and the cyst is about in the middle of the bone over the point.
I will be having an ultrasound done on this foot to see if we can tell if there are any lesions or tears in the Deep Digital Flexar Tendon.
I know from experience that TB's frm the track have the solar fractures and this is common for a TB foot. My horse is very thinned soled and will now require some corrective shoes.
While he was in pasture ...well mostly a 40 x 40 dirt he was fed and not really handled much. He would go through periods of Shoes on (fronts) and shoes off shoes on shoes off.
I do not believe he has ever had Hot fired shoes.
My father has been raising TB;s for the track for years and My horse is 8 and because of me he never raced. Unfortunately because I have gone through so many injuries myself (non-horse related) I have been unable to have him in my care and always about 3 hours away.
That being said...
He has basically ot done much other than at one time was on a woman whom my father worked with...property where she rode him. This was a long time ago and he is basically "green" in that aspect and in the last few weeks we have had to work hard together to gain respect and manors...Progress has been made but because he arrived with long feet I had the shoes taken off and trimmed.
Then the X-rays yesterday finally.
I am concerned about this cyst causing issues with the DDFT (Deep Digital Flexor Tendon)
I have not heard of this condition and I am of the understanding that it could be quite serious if the tendon is constanly riding over the cyst.
The vet will be doing an ultra sound next thursday! Since we are not near an MRI machine...
I am wondering if anyone has had this issue and or any information about it????
She ( the vet) has told me that depending on the severity of the cyst, that lower levels of Dressage may be Okay. My horse is only 8...(young)
I know there will be lots of time and restoration involved in this journey, but I am hoping that it is not to far gone!
He really does well on soft surfaces like grass and sand but because of his thin soles he has so much difficulty walking over gravel type areas.
Please if anyway has any knowleged or experience with this reply!!!
I also need a bit of moral support as I am sort of sad this is going on with him at this young age. I am also especially sensitive when it comes to seeing him in pain.
He seems to be adjusting to his new surrounds, and his attitude is good. This last few weeks has probably been the most movement and good attention that he has had in a long while.
Not that he was not taken care of well with my parents ranch, but I love to spend time with him so he is now getting settled into a routine of being handled daily.
What do you all think....
Right now we are on a 20 minute hand walking a day and 20 minutes of water on the legs both front and back.
He is kept in a pen smaller then his old 40 x 40 and he has a nice shelter to go into. In the winter he will be in a ince warm Barn with a small paddock. It snows here where I live and where he on the parents old ranch was at sea level. We are not at 4700 ft and get snow in the winters...
Hlep for the newbie!!!