It is never easy when your horse comes up lame, but it is even harder when they don’t get better despite the time, effort, and money you put into their care and rehabilitation. Our Buddha was originally diagnosed as exhibiting classic navicular syndrome lameness and we treated him as such. However, he simply did not improve nor respond to traditional treatments of injections and therapeutic shoeing. While we trusted our first vet, who covered his primary care, we decided to seek a second or third opinion from vets that specialize in other areas of horse care. The second vet that we went to specialized in lameness and ultimately was able to specifically diagnose Buddha as having lateral and medial collateral ligament tears of the right fore. Now our golden inspiration is on his way to recovery and he is scheduled to have his next ultrasound check-up in August 2015, so come back to see his progress!
Knowing when to spend the money to get extra x-rays, ultrasounds or even an MRI isn’t easy. You have to balance out what is right for you as the owner as well as your horse and you should never feel guilty if you cannot afford a certain avenue of care or treatment or decide to seek second opinions. We highly recommend that you research conditions and treatments as other options may be available to you that you didn’t know existed. There are many online resources that are free. Educating yourself can often help your horse’s outcome and keeping track of the treatments you're trying can help ensure you are on the right track. Buddha's journey became our inspiration for Horse Power!
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