True that, DCA, and that's why I'm considering moving her on/putting her down [probably the latter, with her other issues taken into account], if I can't get her totally sound.
The vet is going to do x-rays sooner or later, I just need to sort something out to pay for them... and then based on the x-rays I will make my decision. She may need surgery to ever be sound, and the surgery is very expensive and doesn't always work... and she's so lame she looks like she's broken a leg and hasn't done anything in the way of actual work, so in all likelihood this issue is on the more severe end of the spectrum. It would honestly be cheaper for me to give up on her now and put her down than to spend all this money finding out what's going on... but I want to KNOW she won't come good before I give up on her. She's too good of a horse to put down just because I don't want to spend all that money on no guarantee.
For you who will likely jump on me and say if the cost of x-rays is a problem I shouldn't have horses, this is AUSTRALIA, and my vet is on the expensive end of the spectrum. There's a good chance that just to diagnose the full extent of the problem, the total bill will exceed $1000. We have been charged $1200 for a stitch-up, nothing difficult or in-depth about THAT! We have always had ways of managing to keep our horses in the best of health despite our lack of funds. I can't recall a single maintenance-related issue in the whole time I have had horses... not even a single sand colic, touch wood. Injuries have happened but Mum's an ex vet-nurse so we can deal with a lot ourselves... basically if it needs stitches or a skin flap removed, the vet comes out, but if not, we treat it ourselves. Our vet thinks we've had 2 injuries in the past 4 years. We've had more than THAT! Over the past 4 years we've owned 7 horses and boarded 3, and injuries are a part of life when you deal with that many horses. Particularly individuals with issues, of which we have owned 2 [one with physical issues and the current unsound one, who also has mental issues] and boarded one [whose issue is he has no spatial awareness to speak of, so he's constantly injuring himself].
Edit to add; forgot to mention, 4 years is the period between when I was 14 to present day, I've actually been around horses my whole life bar a 4-year break when we were living in an area where it is simply too expensive for anyone but the wealthy to own or ride.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 10-28-2012 at 12:47 PM.