Osteoarthritis and sesamoiditis
There's long, 6 month tale that goes along with this, but in a nutshell, today the x-rays show that my 10yr old OTStd has osteoarthritis complete with diminished cartilidge in his fetlock joint and sesamoiditis to the point where the sesamoid bone is rough. He is definitely in a degenerative state and the vet feels that any care is really just palliative.
The last two times he was ridden, he came back lame; the last time, quite bad. Currently, he is on bute, but I'm wondering what his future is. I'm certain he should never be ridden, but how much time, effort, money and heart can or should be put into his care to keep him pasture sound? You need to know that our pasture is quite rough, especially this spring. Currently, I am looking for a home for him that would have a golf-course paddock for him as to be loved lawn ornament only. I don't have any problem keeping him here, but I don't think that our terrain is suitable for him. I keep thinking of him slipping on ice, mis-stepping over a rock, mis-judging one of the hills and valleys in our pasture... awful...