Vet just left - I am cold, hungry, tired, and ready to cry.
Scooby is off on his right front. Easily seen from the trot circling to the right. Did nerve blocks to the hoof, got 80 percent improvement. Vet thought perhaps he fractured the wing of the coffin bone or perhaps showing early navicular. Did xrays, which didn't show any fractures or causes for the lameness, but did show early sidebone calcification and also some other calcification, but they weren't in the lower frog area that Scooby showed sensitivity to with hoof testers, so vet says they are just side issues. Scooby also has upright pasterns and this may be causing strain to the deep flexor tendon. Navicular bone looks great.
So, after four hours and hundreds of dollars, there are some potential causes. 1) He has a soft tissue injury like a sprain or twist, and will be better with stall rest and bute.
2) He has a deep flexor tendon injury, which can be diagnosed with a MRI that costs 1800.00 to have done.
3) He has a different issue, such as an abcess or stone bruise, that we can't see and will be better with stall rest and bute.
We pulled his shoe to do the xrays, and he is now on stall rest for the next three weeks. We will do 5 days of bute, 5 days of no bute, watch for improvement or worsening, then another 5 days of bute, then vet back out two days after that. Obviously world show for Scooby is very up in the air.
It may be a stone bruise that resolves in days, and won't I breath a sigh of relief. Or it may be a deep flexor injury that requires months of therapy. Either way, we'll treat for the hopeful problem for the next three weeks, then if no improvement we'll get the MRI done.
Complete bummer, but the vet says the odds are 50/50 that it's nothing, or something pretty serious. Praying hard over here right now. And Scooby on stall rest will be difficult, as he is the active type....
Wish us luck.