SIGH! Jingles and hope requested--long
Please, people, tell me that my world hasn't ended today.
I have raised a young TB mare from 6 months. She's now 4 1/2, and in accord with my personal beliefs, she has just gone into training with a pro. Sh'es been there since the end or middle of November--I think. I love her very much. She has been worked on the longe and backed with a very light, very young rider. It's appeared from early on that she has a "hitch in her get along", so today we had an equine vet come out for an evaluation. Diagnosis is two bad stifles, worse on one side than the other, along with a terrible hoof trim from years of a natural hoof nazi who seems to have trimmed her hinds in a way that puts undue stress on the joints. She's not balanced--her inside is lower than her outside on the rear; and she has very low heels. We are using a different farrier now, and everyone who has seen her has commented on the lousy hoof trim angles. She doesn't extend or use her hind legs under her properly at the trot and canter at the moment, and her butt muscles are very sore from compensating.
So today she got her stifles injected and a shot of polyglycan (sp). She is scheduled for monthly injections of the latter, possibly for the rest of her life, possibly only until her hooves grow out and get trimmed correctly, which could take six months or so.
She was to be my event horse; she has the mind for it, is kind, and very willing with a great work ethic. She wants to please. Now I'm very worried that all she will be good for is light riding with nothing to stress the stifles. No dressage, no jumping, nothing. This isn't the result of injury; she's never been injured. It's either inborn or the result of bad farrier work for years that just expressed itself when she went into work.
For those with experience, I could use some tales that give me hope that this is a temporary setback and not a permanent disability. The fact that she is only 4 1/2 (officially 5) and already needs joint injections and IVs has got me very depressed, as her usefulness is so limited at the moment and maintenance is looking extremely expensive over the rest of her and my lives. :( She's mine forever, and, with this, I can't even contemplate breeding her. :cry:
We could both use jingles, and I could use hope, if there is any. Be blunt, be honest, and, please, tell me what you think.