Long story short, my horse tried to jump something he did not clear and hurt himself. He had immense swelling in the hock, so I took him to the Iowa State University Large Animal Clinic. There, they confirmed that he had fractured a part of his tibia way up in the hock, the distal malleolus. There are bone chips settling around the area. They tell me there is evidence of arthritis and there is probably joint damage down below.
Basically, they told me that surgery would probably not fix it, that hock injections would wear out fast, and that Rusty would probably never be ridden again. Rusty is out in the paddock now. He doesn't seem to be in pain, and he's still beating up on his pasturemate and even trotting to come get his food without a gimp.
Should I get a second opinion? This just seems unreal to me. Where would I get a second opinion if I went to Iowa State already? I have x-ray pictures and their report.
For more info, I also have a thread All But Lost My Boy in Horse Talk. I'm just not ready to give up on my best friend and partner.