Update on Drambuie:
I'm back for the vet and the news is not good
Drambuie has "kissing spine" and it is not a new issue. Some of the spinal spaces are amost closed. He has had this problem for a long time
He also has a tendon popped off his spine. Maybe a new injury, maybe from something previous, but re-injured when he went down in the hole.
His knees look funny because he had screws in them as a baby, an older type surgery done for crooked legs in foals. This is not a problem, just some history. Surgery as a baby might explain his strong affection towards people.
Also he is 9 not 7 yrs old.
So, the 1st thing to be done is let the horse rest until the tendon is repaired. To keep horse less active I am to put him in a small, level lot by himself. (I don't have a level spot, or a separate pen)
The tendon should be better in 3 months or so. No riding of course.
2nd step once tendon is healed, then he will need to get injections, it will be trial & error to see what will work.
Then he will need to be worked slowly and carefully to build up his back muscles. Horse must be worked in a round frame.
Maybe, at that point, he can be restarted under saddle and be carefully managed.
My previous horse, Baby, that I had to put down in March 2012 had repeated tendon issues in his fetlocks because the small bones in his feet were crumbling up and the tendons kept popping off. I wasn't able to ride him for the last 5 years of his life due to his condition.
So now, I finally find a sweet horse to fill the hole left by Baby, and he has kissing spine and a tendon popped off.
I am sick to my stomach. Heading to bed, I'm too sad.