Misdiagnosis! Best news ever!
I have the BEST NEWS EVER and I just HAD to share it with my Horse Forum friends!
I took my horse's x-rays to a few other specialists, and I had my vet (he is in my best graces now) come for a routine check up two weeks ago. He gave me medication for the sarcoid (Might i also mention it is GONE, 3 weeks of treatment and POOF), and we talked about her front leg (sesamoid). He said he would contact the local equine clinic, of whom he knows I am on good terms with, and get some suggestions about exactly what is what.
Well, he just called, and after studying the x-rays First Vet took when I got her and comparing notes from that vet who saw her last year and his own observations of her soundness and condition of that leg, they've come to the mutual agreement that what was originally diagnosed as a "fracture" is a BONE CHIP based on what the x-rays present.
This is EXCELLENT NEWS. He says that the "fracture" (aka, tiny tip of sesamoid breaking off and floating around before re-attaching in a tower-like formation) is not a fracture in the traditional sense of cut-in-half bone, and that it probably happened 6-8 months prior to purchase. That means, since the owner had her for 10 months, that something bad happened only 2 months after obtaining her... He says the owner before me did a very bad job at tending to the injury which could have healed a lot better than it did without the need for surgery. He says we will x-ray again in November, which will make it almost 3 years since the incident and he hopes the chips have re-absorbed, but if they have not he says all that is needed is surgery to remove them. The fact that she is not lame at all means that most likely she won't necessarily NEED the surgery, but it will prevent the bony chips from dislodging at any point and potentially becoming stuck in the joint, which at the moment they are not. So if I decide to do the surgery, I can rest easy knowing this drama is officially over.
I AM SO HAPPY. This makes a WORLD of difference to my horse's career longevity. Vet says she will be just fine, and can live a long and happy competitive life considering the piece of the bone that chipped off has now completely filled in, and the bits left over can easily be taken out. I am THRILLED, because I have been overly cautious about my horse's soundness since her original diagnosis.
Just wanted to share this great news with everyone and let you all know Tyra is on the mend! We can lose the "lame horse" logo soon!