We have come to realize -- with far more clarity than we care to have -- why they say it’s the “practice of medicine”. Because sometimes veterinarians, despite their best intentions and expertise, simply don’t know what’s going on with a specific case. And that specific case is our very own Buddha. As it turns out he does not have soft tissue damage to his collateral ligament as previously thought. During the lameness exam this past week he was actually worse than before we put him on controlled rest four months earlier. Which redirected everything back to degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis. Specifically the most likely culprit, as we narrow things down, is his pastern joint or what is also known as "high ringbone."
Buddha underwent a 10 minute sterile prep after which 100 mg of Depomedrol (Methylprednisolone Acetate) was injected via radiographic guidance into his right fore pastern joint; yes, he was sedated. Budhs is still on controlled rest for the next few days. Tuesday we shall do another lameness exam and see if that helped him. As we’ve learned this last week, voraciously researching all things ringbone, lots of horses can still continue an active career. The American Farriers Journal had an article that gave a good outline of a case study and lessons learned, and how corrective shoeing along with other treatments can bring a horse comfort and be sound with maintenance. So, another week of seeing what the future holds for Buddha and his dressage career.
Live. Love. Horses.