New horse owner and my horse is diagnosed with DJD
I bought my horse after leasing her for a month. I am new to horses but I fell in love with her. I decided I didnt want to lease when the opportunity came up so I purchased her. When I got her she was very underweight and I fell for all the poor stories her previous owner gave me. I will be the first one to admit I came in kinda naive. I trusted the girl I purchased her from; as we became friends so I didnt feel a vet inspection was necessary but later realized she just wanted to sell her problem which is now my blessing but also a heartache. She is a 20 year old standardbred and didnt do much of anything her whole life. Fast forward to when I purchased her; my first day out with her after I bought her I noticed she was limping badly and didnt want to bear weight on her right hind. We immediately got her feet trimmed and the farrier informed me something was wrong. Two weeks later the vet was out and confirmed Degentative bone disease. He took xrays of only the right leg and did the flexion test (?) To confirm lameness in the right back leg. He said that this was the best we would see her. Obviously I was hurting as she is my first horse and I had plans for us, so not much of anything was taken in that day besides the fact the fluid is gone, cartilage is gone and now she has bone spurs which is causing stretching of the tendon and making it worse. He limited her exercise to light walking, firm surfaces and no trotting or cantering. We immediately put her on suppliments but they dont seem to be doing much help. So after this long story I am here to ask if anyone has experienced this and if so what did you do to make you horse comfortable, what signs to look for for serious pain and how long did you have with your horse before you sent them over the Rainbow bridge. Thanks in advance everyone. Sorry so long.