Concerned about the swelling and his 'popping' and knuckling of the fetlock, I called out a vet. She said he was not sensitive to flexion tests, that his right hoof was sound and that his left food was slightly sensitive to hoof testers. She suggested I see if bute helped. As she did not have an xray or radiograph machine, she could not do more and referred me to a lameness vet.
The lameness vet came out and told me my horse had nothing wrong with him. He did admit that on a circle/bend, he was slightly off to the left (because of the soreness due to additional weight baring) but told me that my gelding needed bute and front shoes to alleviate the pressure.
I've been giving my gelding bute and while he seems more comfortable, his tendon issues are still the same. He pops his fetlock and knuckles over when standing. Also, after putting shoes on yesterday, my gelding is very sore and will not walk. I am having the farrier come out tomorrow to see what might have happened and why my gelding that was NOT lame but walked strangely is now quite lame.
Has anyone had any extensor tendon injuries/sprains/etc.? Any suggestion as to my next step? He was broke at age 3, but because of this strange development, I've stopped riding him as he would get very sore on the front. I am quite dumbfounded and don't know where to go from here. I am concerned that at such a young age he is already having tendon issues. Would draining the fluid at the carpal sheath/extensor tendon maybe alleviate the pressure on the rest of the tendon? How do I get the tendon to stop contracting so his fetlock can rest without over stressing that tendon?
Thanks so much. :)