Unexplained RF lameness? (UD with diagnosis)
As some of you might know from my other thread, I have a warmblood (just turned 7) who is going in for stifle surgery on Wednesday. However, while he has been laid up the past month he seems to have developed a right front lameness of some kind (it is noticeable).
I'd love to have some thoughts on what would produce lameness with no heat/swelling, blocks improved 50% more I believe mid-coffin bone but had improved a bit less when blocked around fetlock before moving up.
His feet are a bit sore (pulled shoes without thinking it through, they are back on now) but even with feet blocked he was still showing it.
He has been ultrasounded, as vets were nearly sure it was suspensory, but his is clean. He has an old bow (which I originally was told by another vet was a bandage bow) which he was not "properly" rehabbed from, but he was in moderate work for a year + with no signs of front end lameness so the vets say that it does not "fit" as the cause.
I have a fetlock xray scheduled for Tuesday- but would love to know if anyone has any "weird" ideas so I can direct more questions to the vet about this issue, as the whole team seems fairly stumped as to the cause if this xray shows nothing.
Historically, he has seemed to be quite sensitive, so that's keeping hope alive- a good while ago, some weird front end lameness turned out to be simply from a *slight* thinning of his soles due to being barefoot/living on pasture/being ridden on an abrasive surface, and he was fine once shoes were on, with all hoof xrays clean...and this stifle issue that has been causing him problems is apparently quite "mild".
And I suppose if the xray isn't clean, he'll be having stifle AND fetlock surgery wednesday :uhoh:
This horse is sure putting me through the ringer!