OCD... is there ANYTHING that I might have done to cause this?
So long story short the vet thinks my filly might have OsteoChondrosis Dessicans. I have had this horse for a couple of months now, and she has been lame on and off since the end of the first two weeks. I have thought alternately that it was different issues that I could deal with without vet intervention so it took until today for her to actually see a vet.
First I thought thrush and greasy heel, because she had both when the lameness showed up, but both cleared up. She went sound for a few days then was lame again with no sign of either.
Then we discovered she had an extremely sore hamstring - the leg she was lame on - and it took us a few days to be able to massage it beyond the very very light touch of bowen without her kicking out and moving away. She's not a kicker. She came good again, then went lame again.
With no sign of what might be causing this, we thought, let's confine her and see what happens. Again we got a few days of sound horse, then the neighbours started up their trailbikes, she started bolting around the round pen, and went lame again.
Back in the pasture. A few days later we had a sound horse. A few days later again, she was horribly lame again. This time she had some swelling on the achilles tendon on that leg (NOT the suspensory, the achilles - the one above the hock) so the vet was called because we thought it was the tendon, and the horse was put on box rest. Neighbours talked to and hopefully this time the trailbikes will be kept quiet until she is out - or at least kept only to the little quiet ones that don't bother her. Neighbour's teenage sons have big noisy bikes you can hear 5 properties down the road and THOSE are terrifying, but the kidlets have quiet bikes, and they're ok.
Vet was out today, said it's not her tendon, and with her age, breed and height, there is the distinct possibility it might be OCD. Given how it is presenting (today she trotted up sound then on flexion tests went lame - occurring in BOTH hind legs, no sign of hoof soreness when the testers were applied, no swelling or heat on hocks/fetlocks) that possibility is even stronger.
There is a little bit of swelling on the stifle of her worse leg, and the vet thought the "tendon" swelling I was seeing could possibly have been because gravity was drawing the fluid away from the stifle. That makes sense upon thinking because I just remembered, Magic had a "swollen" front and inner hock for a few days partway through the thrush/greasy heel saga.
I have a plan of action from my vet so I pretty much know where I'm going with treatment, this vet is a VERY good vet trained at a VERY good equine hospital and is a specialist in lameness so as far as I'm concerned her word is law.
What I want to know and forgot to ask is, is there ANYTHING that I might have done in the course of this saga to cause the problem or make it worse?
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 10-19-2012 at 01:01 PM.