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sapphire

Lame pony

Ok, am open to ideas with is,  as cant afford xrays - which I am pretty sure will only show up at the worst navicular/stifle problem etc.

Pony 16 yrs, came in lame  2 months ago, NSAIDS from vet 2 x2 daily for a month, suspected laminitis. BUT No pulse in foot/feet, usual heat, not much crest (usually high if laminitic), no major hoof growth  etc does now need atrim again after 8 weeks which is slighty sooner than normal. Anyway, have started Danilon agin after break of 4 weeks.

OOOh, forgot to add, after being on box rest for 6 weeks, turned out in the school for 10 mins, in which time in stead of being sedentary she acted like a total prat, bucking & galloping around. Came in totally lame  

History - Had laminitis, managed for a few years til **** of an ex put her & 4 others  of mine into a field full of meadow grass (long story nearly lost her then)she hurt her back a few years ago, & stifle. NSAIDS, acupuncture, Xrays etc a fortune spent, plus if I had had her insured the vet would have written her off as loss of use.
ClaireK

Er, oooh Erm, dont know what to suggest i'm afraid Sapphire, have never had experience of a horse with alot of lameness. What did the vet say was the next option?

Keeping my fingers crossed that you get a way forward soon

Claire
sapphire

Thank you Claire!

He said x rays - but cant afford them (long story but OH not well) & I know it will show up rotated pedal bone from years ago & if xrayed further up will show stifle problem, both old injuries,think  arthritis has more than likely set in her joints.  Shes sounder back on the Danilon, will see how she walks out tomorrow.

On the good side, shes as bright as a button, eats well, does all her usual cheeky things   so there is hope!
bodger

Fingers crossed Saphire.
debbie

saphire, we had to have our mare x-rayed a few years ago after she hung herself up on her stable door (don't ask) Instead of her going to the vets which would have cost a furtune we had a mobile radiologist come out that cost a fraction of the price the vet would have charged - the vet still interpreted the x-rays but it saved the call out fee and transportation
ClaireK

As you say Sapphire, it may be a combination of different things, but if she seems happy, is eating well and x-rays are not an option at the moment personally I would give her time and see how she goes on. Time can change things greatly.

Fingers crossed for her

Claire
sapphire

Thank you guys  

Well, i gave her danilon for 5 days, shes not had anything since saturday & fingers crossed, she seems a little better. As you said ClaireK,  time can change things greatly & there is no way I will rush her, usually when there has been a problem I give double the time the vets says box rest or whatever as what is another few weeks when they are so precious  

Debbie, thanks for the tip re mobile radiologist - hadnt thought of that. Our vet usually sends em to an equine hospital for xrays.  Wiil keep that in mind.
sapphire

Saying this with everything crossed - as she hasnt seemed too bad in her stable I decided to bring her out & see how it is.   She is now only slightly lame  that is a big improvement  

Will take her out for a very short walk tomorrow, weather permitting, and see how we go from there.  Hopefully may be able to turn her out for an hour in a week or so! will get the farrier to give her another trim too.
ClaireK

Fantastic news, keeping my fingers crossed for her

Claire

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