I think all you can do is get the x-rays. I "think" if its fused, the horse usually isn't lame for long...don't quote me on that, though. They just don't have a ton of flexibility. Ringbone, however...that would not be a 'good' diagnosis.
As far as her fear of needles, there are exercises that can be done, to desensitize them to the sensation, but if she's not your horse, I would be very careful about what kind of extra training you do with her...I've used Clinton Anderson's exercises to desensitize horses to 'needles', and it does work. The biggest thing to remember is to stay calm yourself, and NOT anticipate the actions that are going to take place.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 09-05-2010 at 08:55 PM.