When my Arabian cross filly was just over a year old (last summer), she sustained an injury to her hind left leg (pastern area). The vet said there was a good chance that she would get an infection and would have to be put down and if she didn’t get an infection, she would have about a 5% chance of not being lame. (Note: I have used this vet for years and trust his judgement. He never encouraged me to put her down.) We decided to rehab my filly and I am so glad that we did. She seems to have made a full recovery! Now on to this summer - she is just over two years old and the vet has found two spots of melanoma on her (one on her chest and one on her ear). Since they are not big and do no seem to be bothering her, he just wants to monitor them and will keep them in check. He said they are common in grey horses, and from what I read, Arabians are also highly susceptible. We are very close to UGA and the vet mentioned they have an experimental vaccine for melanoma, but its $2500 and out of the question. He could eventually cut the spot off her chest, but there’s not much to do about the one on her ear.
Here are my questions: I had planned on sending her off to be started/trained this fall (cost: around $2000) , but is it a good investment to do so? She is not registered and I just bought her to be a trail horse (nothing fancy and I never planned to show her). What options would you be looking at if she were your horse?
- I am worried that if melanoma is already present, her lifespan will not be as long and 2) I have a gut feeling that her leg will end up bothering her once she gets started in a training program (she has never limped/favored that leg since it has healed and vet doesn’t think there are any lingering affects - just a feeling I have).