I am completely baffled by my current lameness situation and I’m hoping maybe others have some useful info.
Two weeks ago, my horse trotted up slightly lame at the beginning of a lesson. Nothing to suspect that he would be lame, we ended the session and checked the shoe thinking he had a small bruise. It was clearly left front.
He did have a shoe that was pretty tight on the frog. It had been put on five days before this incident. We had the farrier reset it that day.
Next day no change. Had the vet watch him jog and hoof test him. He reacted very slight positive in the heels of both fronts, but the vet felt that it was the horse responding to the pressure in general and that we did not have a problem in the foot. The vet felt he was sound on the jog, but I felt he was still very slightly off from normal.
We have the horse bute and scratched him from a show that we were supposed to go to that weekend (now 10 days ago). I packed the feet that whole weekend and jogged him every day and he was sound.
That Monday, tacked him up, and he was lamer than ever under saddle. Trainer felt it might be saddle fit and claimed his back was spasming but I don’t think I am fully confident in that. Changing saddles made no difference and continues to not make a difference.
Called my specialist vet and made an appointment for last Friday. Horse continued to be lame under saddle all week consistently. Gave him bute until Wednesday so he would be unmedicated for the appointment.
Vet diagnosed mild heel pain and hoof balance x rays show slight negative palmar angles. She graded him 1/5 lame on that left front and 0/5 lame on the left from after palmar digital block.
Based on the positive results of the block, injected the coffin joints in both fronts since the block on the left seemed to indicate some discomfort on the right.
Did the required stall rest, hand walking - today was the first day going for a trot. On manicured, good footing, he was possibly as lame as he has been this entire time. I would grade him 3/5 at a minimum and it’s very clearly still left front.
2g of bute does resolve the situation. Farrier is coming Friday to see what can be done about the shoes.
I’m baffled. Soft tissue should have shown SOME change after 2 weeks of stall rest. Anything in the foot should show pretty significant improvement after the injections if only from the steroid effects. This is getting worse, so I gave him more bute today and decided to bute/ice/rest because at this point I have to treat something. Jogging today he is about 2/5 lame and took a very significant ouchy step turning left.
I can only think of DDFT. Is there something else I could be missing?
The entire time there has been no swelling, heat, anything anywhere in the leg. Today I could maybe have made a case for some slight swelling at the ankle but there’s no heat, no pulse in the feet that I can detect. Maybe some heat in the coronary band but it’s so slight and I could be trying to feel something at this point; the vet detected no such thing on Friday.
I’m stuck with where to go next at this point. Whatever this horse needs he will get but I’m baffled.