OK...so my horse has had a bad fall and injured his shoulder. The vet says he "might" be sound as a pasture ornament and he might even surprise us as rideable at the walk only. She has offered IRAP/PRP and other like treatments......my question is this:
How would I know if he was in pain?
I have made it clear I don't want him to suffer and I have been told he will never have a "normal" gait because he has torn ALL the muscles, ligaments, and tendons! And about using food as an indicator......my Equine Vacuum Cleaner.....within 5 mins of the injury he was grazing--where he stood--3 legged--without even putting his toe on the ground! NOTHING stops his appetite and he will eat anything......yes the meds were 15 pills per feeding. He ate them from my hand like they were M&M's!
I seriously think I will have to have him PTS....The treatments are so expensive and with no guarantees...is it right to make him suffer through the treatment? Right now he is sooooo unhappy stuck in his stall.....and it would be months before he could get out at all. He is getting a little "uppity" as well, and that is not good for a family barn. He is only a baby--at four years old......what kind of life would he have? The vet has already discussed it would be shortened with the Arthritis. Is it selfish to have him PTS now rather than give him a chance?