Slight lameness in horse that has had neurectomy
Last fall I purchased a lovely AQHA gelding for flat work only and light AQHA showing. I HAD HIM VETTED. I had some concerns about him tripping and being reluctant to pick up his feet. I asked the vet a minimum of 6 times if he had been nerved as I would NOT buy him if that was the case. She was adamant that he wasn't. She noted two bumps on the lateral aspect of both pasterns which she said was normal. I asked if we could clip them and look for scars. She said that was ridiculous. Horse was completely unresponsive to hoof testers, even on frog. She attributed this to him having good feet. Xrays were ok. After her reassuring me there was no possible way he'd had a neurectomy, I purchased him.She attributed the tripping to poor shoeing and long toes, which he has. About 3 weeks after having him he began being slightly off up front on occasion. Drug test came back negative. I decided to dig back in his AQHA record and call all his previous owners. It was a crazy search but I finally found the trainer that had him the longest and the first thing he said was "That horse had a neurectomy in 2002 by Ohio state." ACK!!! He said he had navicular syndrome and was sound after having the procedure. Now I am fuming because I'd have never bought him had I known this, as I said to the vet. And of course reselling is OUT of the question.
The lameness resolved with correct shoeing (actually barefoot) until last week.
Last week he began being off up front again. He is NOT in hard work, he gets a light hack maybe 4 times a month in good footing.
I gave him some bute and rest.
I was clipping him a few days ago and sure enough, after clipping his white socks with a #10 blade, there are prominent scars on both lateral aspects over those "bumps" she said were normal.
Live and Learn I guess.
Now what do I do for him? The lameness is subtle, worse on a tight circle. Is it a wash?
I've been reading about this and it seems they can get small tumors at the site?
And a repeat neurectomy is never done, right?
What is odd to me is his xrays were supposedly clean.
I'm so disappointed. I LOVE this horse. I wanted to show him at an AQHA show on April 18, but it's not going to happen now.
He has the sweetest, most lovely personality and is definitely here to stay, but I'm so frustrated with this.
Can anyone offer advice on managing a horse that has had a neurectomy? I have no experience with this.