Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
I would NEVER suggest putting a horse down simply because he is lame off and on but his quality of life otherwise is fine. I have a mare, my first horse, Lucy, who after only a year of owning her, was chased by a mare and trying to get away, stumbled, slid in some soft dirt and took a stick up into her suspensory tendon sheath, ripping it about 2''. We did everything the vet said, she got a bad infection in it, we treated that, 5 months of stall rest and hand walking/grazing, and after a trip to Texas A&M to their ortho team, even then said it would be amazing if she was ridden ever again. She was only 9 years old. Today, 10 years later, she can be lightly ridden, she carries our grand daughter around, has a slight limp if I over use her any, and walks sound.
So don't give up on him. A chiropractor may be very helpful, so is the thermal body scan. Have you done any google searches or contacted any other ortho vets who may specialize in tendons/hoof/leg issues and asked their opinion? What do you have to loose?