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Arthrodesis? Cost/benefit?

I have a 9yo Belgian/Quarter mare who has some bone spurs around her pastern joint(beginning high-ringbone) She also has a thinning of her navicular bursa, but the Vet says that that's not as big of a problem. My question is about how much is Arthrodesis surgery? And what is the cost/benefit ratio. She isn't an eventer or anything, I just want to pleasure ride her without her being in pain afterward. She's pretty spunky and tends to try and keepp the geldings she shares her pasture with in-line. But after she bucks at one of them she tends to limp for a while, same with if she trots around the round pen for a while during ground work.
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Only the vet can give you the price.
As for benefits, if the horse has ONLY high ring bone and if it is causing intractable pain then yes I would consider it.
Fusing the bones together will cause the growth of a much bigger visible deformity( lump) BUT the pain will go away because all movement in that jount will be gone, too, the horse may move a little but stiffer on that leg side mechanically, but it will not be because of pain.
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