Today I am going with option 2. Even after more x-rays and flexion tests and hoof tests, we are no closer to an answer with Sassy than we were before. Well except that we know what it ISN'T.
She is definitely more lame on the right front than the left. The left was the alleged chipped coffin bone. The x-rays show no issues with any of the bones or joints. Her soles are plenty thick, her coffin bone looks good. The hoof test shows the pain to be towards her heel areas. At that point Bruce stopped and said, "Look I could sit here all day and take x-rays and burn up your money, but the answers will be the same. I don't know what is wrong and I don't have the right equipment to find it. She needs an MRI."
Oh ok, that should be simple right?
Well not really. The closest place to get an MRI is at CSU. He says it will cost thousands just to diagnose her. That doesn't even include what ever treatment she needs, if it can even be treated. The truth is, right now I don't have thousands. I can usually come up with a few hundred at a time, but not thousands.
So let me back up a little with my story.
When I got off work, I ran home, started my truck (the one with the nosey prints all over the window) , grabbed a bucket of grain and walked to the round pen. She practically beat me in the gate. I let her eat some of it, haltered her up without issue, and lead her to the trailer. She took one sniff and jumped in, eyes wide with wonder and curiosity. It has been a while since she has gone anywhere so she was pretty excited. Not in a bad or unmanageable way, just in her cute little Sassy way.
My neighbor followed me over so that she could watch and help out if needed. When we got there, Bruce was not there yet, but I went ahead and unloaded her. She walked around with her head up, taking in the surroundings. When we walked to the indoor arena my neighbor started looking for a latch for the big door.
Before she could even get to it, I had Sassy inside through the man door. The girl has no fear.
While we waited on Bruce, I did a little training with her. We pushed the ball around, she thought that was fun. We went to the bridge, at first she tried to go around it. I moved her back into position and then just waited. She sniffed, she put one foot up, then she put the other foot up, then up she went!
|Her first time|
|She did this on her own. I didn't even ask.|
|She says "You're getting all this for the blog right?|
I want people to see how smart and cute I am!"
Yes Sassy I'm getting it.
We played with a tarp. When I flung it by her side like a giant plastic bag she was bothered at first but calmed down quickly. She wore it on her head and walked around, she walked on it. She did not care. She was just so happy to be out and about.
When it came time to do x-rays she stood so still on the blocks and was just so good. I have never been more proud of her than I was then. Then it was time to load up and go home. She is the only horse I have who does not want to go home. She wanted to investigate more. She didn't want to go in the trailer. She did go without too much trouble but she let me know first that she was not ready to go. She is such a bright young thing with one of the best personalities I have ever seen. She loves to learn, she loves to see things. She loves new challenges. What more could you ask for in a horse.....besides soundness. :(
So now comes the time where I have to make a decision on what to do next.
She is in pain. It is obvious. She still runs around the pasture like a fool, but at a trot her pain is clear. Sometimes even just turning on her front is hard for her. She has to unload immediately. If she is this lame at 4, just being in the pasture, imagine what it would be like for her at 10 or 15. So keeping her as pet isn't even an option.
I do not have the money for the MRI, right now anyways.
She cannot be bred unless we know this is from and injury and not poor breeding, so selling her as a brood mare is out.
There is the option of donating her to CSU as a learning tool for their veterinary program. They would try to heal her and then place her in their horse program, or put her down. Of course that means giving her up forever, and constantly wondering if they were good to her. But maybe it is the right answer.
I find myself wanting to grasp at straws...ultra sound? Stall rest and supplements? (stop all that running around all crazy) Special shoes, special trimming? What is going to work? Is anything going to work? Do I give up and just put her down and spend the rest of my life wondering if I gave up too soon? If I knew what was wrong and that I couldn't help her, then the decision would be easy. Do I keep trying different vets until some one says what I want to hear. Will they tell me what I want to hear just to get my money? (it happens)
I am at a complete and total loss here. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them. Even if it isn't the suggestion I want, I still want to hear what you guys think. I am stuck and having a hard time being objective.
For now, I guess I am going to go with stall rest and supplements. I will try some stretching, although I'm not sure that is going to do much. I will take her for walks everyday, but will stop all the craziness for a while. But soon I am going to have to decide what to do.