Vet has been and gone, well and truly, but I haven't been back on earlier because I had to go to work pretty much as soon as she left.
Good news and bad news. Good news is, NOT a tendon issue after all. Bad news? It could possibly be so much worse.
Madam trotted up almost sound today despite her big big panic attack last night involving 5 or 6 BIG vertical rears, but had some swelling at her stifle. Vet thought the swelling and warmth I was seeing and feeling at her achilles was probably due to gravity drawing it downwards away from the stifle.
Flexion test. First her nearside hind - the good one - and she trotted up lame. Red flags starting to appear. Second her bad leg, the offside hind, and BANG dog lame "oh my god I broke my leg" type reaction.
Vet then referred to the files and saw that Magic is a 2yo TB. Another red flag. Actually, two more - age and breed. You could actually see the possibility dawning on her face as each particular sign showed itself. And, yet another red flag, Magic is 16.1hh already and her knees are still WIDE open, so open you can actually SEE from the outside that they're not closed yet. So she is going to be HUGE. Big horses are more prone to this particular problem than smaller ones.
We still don't have a definite diagnosis as definite will take x-ray and she has to book the machine well in advance, nick an x-ray gown from small animal because they only have two in large animal and the stifle is frustratingly a 3-person job, and then there's a lot of runaround to develop it because they don't have a portable developer. So she said, give it 4-6 weeks of box rest, a jab of Pentosan Polysulfate (to promote joint health and better lubricate the joints affected), and see if there's any improvement that DOESN'T go away with a flexion test/trot up... and if there's improvement, continue that plan of action. If not, x-rays.
The reason for all of this? The vet thought there was a possibility, given Magic's age and breed, and the way all of this is outwardly presenting, that she may have OCD, and if so, she's likely to have lesions in both stifles. Very minor OCD may self-resolve with box rest and pharmaceutical joint "suppliments" [read pentosan], so she wanted us to try that plan of action first to try to avoid spending much money on x-rays we may not NEED to do. If she needs surgery, it will cost a LOT of money. Vet estimate was anywhere from $6000 to $7000 and possibly more if there are complications, but they don't do the OCD surgery themselves - they would refer us to a city vet with the cutting edge of technology - so they don't have definite quotes for us.
I don't have a lot of money but **** if I won't do everything I can to GET the money if necessary... hell I would take out a bank loan if I had to, which is something I refuse to do for ANYTHING. This horse means that much.
And then there is the possibility, remote at this stage as she is so young, that the lesions, if they exist, may be so bad she becomes essentially crippled. If she can't be kept pasture sound, I will have to make a very difficult decision.
I refuse to think about the worst that could happen. As far as I am concerned she will heal perfect and be totally fine and sound for riding.
But, there goes the plan to one day breed her to a warmblood... even a question of possible OCD is too much when you're thinking of breeding to THE breed type with the highest rate of OCD, which can be genetic. Doesn't mean I can't put her in foal full stop, not necessarily [but I won't if she has it bad enough to need surgery] - I will just have to pick totally sound stallions of breeds that don't have a very high incidence of the problem. I actually know a stallion I might breed her to for a registerable Anglo Arabian foal, but I can't think that far in the future right now when we don't know what the next couple of months will bring.
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 10-19-2012 at 10:33 AM.