Ok, give me the doom and gloom or a reason to lift my spirits.
My 7 year old rescued quarter horse has been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease in his pastern joint. He had x-rays of his right-front early this year and nothing conclusive came from them but in November he came up lame in the left-front. We x-rayed that foot and the vet told me that his lameness was certainly caused by osteoarthritis in his pastern joint.
I'm not trying to use the internet for a replacement vet/farrier but it's been weighing so heavily on my mind that the more opinions the better, right?
He was due for a trim when these x-rays were taken and his toes have been taken back and rounded and he's also now got a wedge pad. He's had two legend injections that don't seem to do much, tbh.
He gets daily joint supplement (SmartFlex Repair Pellets - Horse Joint Supplements from SmartPak Equine) and daily turn out. We're moving barns this Friday to a place with much bigger/better facilities where we won't be rained out for a month at a time and there is always somewhere to walk around even in the worst weather.
I even bought ridiculous magnetic horse ankle/pastern wraps to try and Back on Track Quick Wraps (Back on Track Quick Wraps - Magnetic & Heat Therapy from SmartPak Equine) for him to wear overnight. Haven't used these yet but will start after our move.
He has been upbeat, playful and eager to move around. He seems to be improving with exercise he is still noticeably a little off trotting to the left.
Sorry for rambling. Anyone care to take a peak at the x-rays and tell me if they are the end of the world or not? He was very sound for a good four/five months after his initial endless rehab and I just am really looking for any hope that this is something manageable with patience.
He's my all-around pleasure/trail/fun horse and I would love to keep him fit enough to occasionally participate in play days and go trail riding. While I don't ever expect him to be a show horse or master one thing in particular it would be wonderful if we could try a bit of everything now and again without too much stress. Really though, he is just so young (7!) and I am determined to find a solution so he can have a job (or several jobs!) and have fun and be happy and comfortable!
I love my golden man and all I've been hearing lately is negativity and "you shouldn't have gambled with this broken horse, this is what you get" and yeah... would just love as many opinions as possible. Any tips, tricks and advice would be great too! I'm really doing literally everything I can get my hands on and am open to all suggestions!
All x-ray views here: A palomino story.