I’ve posted a few times about my quarter horse who has minor navicular changes in his front right, tore his left front DDFT, then tore his right front DDFT and managed to have minor laminitis last summer. He is 17 years old and been on and off working in between the injuries about 3 years. I have a fantastic lameness vet and farrier team that have substantially helped me throughout this process since I’ve moved to this new state. In summer 2016 he had laminitis but it was minor no rotation but my farrier had a death in the family so he stayed in these huge wedged heels for a couple weeks we did extensive x-rays. Got some better shoeing and took him off 24/7 turnout. Now he is out 8 hours and in the rest of the time. Diet has been adjusted as well. In October of 2016 horse tears DDFT according to US so we opt for 4 weeks of the regenerative laser 3x a week, completely heals tear and new tissue has grown in. March 2017 horse starts presenting lame on right front and so shockwave and magnawave are done for some body soreness adjustments to shoeing for navicular.
Immediate progress. May 2017 tear in right front DDFT but no change to the navicular angles everything seems pretty good. So June 2017 decide to laser right front to see if we can get the same effect as completely healed left front (KNOCK on WOOD). Random body soreness and mysterious hind end lameness shows up a week later, tripping, trouble navigating hind end over poles. Diagnosed with EPM currently on second round of Marquis and this is the last week of laser. Good news hind end has drastically improved and muscle wasting that took place is slowly building back up from short walk/trot rides. EPM blood test came back mildly positive (apparently there are a lot of false positives)
If you’re still following me, yesterday horse comes up completely dead lame in the right front. Vet and I agree probably abscess because wait for it…He’s got a keratoma that’s been hanging out for quite some time in that right front as well. (we’ve known about it but it didn’t really affect him enough to have the surgery and its been getting smaller)
So COTH, I’m about 6-7k in on this horse just since January of this year. I’ve owned him for 4 years he is now 17 requires corrective expensive shoes up front, his supplements run me about $150 a month (hoof, vitamin E, probiotic… so on) I am completely in love with this horse as I have known him since 2010 and he is fabulous to be around temperament wise and so so athletic its stupid how much has happened just in the past year. Is he telling me he wants to retire? He’d still be quite the expensive pasture puff and here’s the kicker will put other horses in the corner and kick the crap out of them. Very food aggressive with other horses. Acts like a puppy dog around humans will absolutely lick you to death. He’s small maybe 15.1 on a good day.
Stay at my current boarding barn and pull unnecessary items, pay off vet bill and just let him be. Farrier only travels to me becuase vet is a good friend all of his clients are required to trailer in.
Pick a retirement place 2 hours away. probably much cheaper. Not sure if he will be in a stall probably pasture with no supplements and mostly grass diet. probably will not keep fancy shoes either depending on barns farrier.
Am I being absolutely ridiculous or have I created some sort of fantasy in my head that I could fix this horse? I know none of you can tell me what to do or not do but if anyone is in a similar situation or has dealt with the constant horse just breaking themselves enough to where they need your care but not enough to stop fixing them?