I finally got the call, and it's not good. Floyd has a severe case of ringbone. Dr Elliot said it is the worst case he's seen in 10 years. Encouraging, right?
Basically he told me it's very very very bad. He doesn't know what the outlook looks like at this point. He's a little confused as to why he appears to be lame on both front legs. The ringbone is only in the right, and the other leg has no radiographic abnormalities. He wants us to get his feet trimmed as soon as possible as there's a ton of pressure on his heels and he said instead of a 90 degree angle, Floyd's hooves are at negative angles. And I guess we're going to go from there, see how that improves him. Keeping him on the Bute. He wants me to turn him out for most of the day so he's not standing around on that leg, get some circulation going.
He basically told me surgery may be the only option, to put some kind of pins in to relieve pressure. I don't know if I can afford that for a rescue horse. Does anyone have any words of advice for me?
I cried. Why does it have to be the really nice horses that this stuff happens to? I couldn't even get past the shock enough to ask the proper questions, i'm going to have to request to speak with him again. I just couldn't get my mind to process what he was telling me in order to ask things that I started to ask myself as soon as I hung up the phone.
Anybody have a Ringbone horse? A really bad one?
He is sending me a disc of the rads, but they're coming by snail mail so I dunno when i'll get them to share here.