Who wants to play... Mystery lameness!!! Update MRI Results are in...
This has been on and off since September. Dublin was fine that beautiful Thursday night I rode. Came 7 am Friday morning and was dead lame, left front. No heat, no swelling. Called out the vet. We figured he must have twisted something getting up in his stall over night. Prescribed bute and a few days rest. He was fine the next day, but we of course gave him the five days off.
2 weeks later, go on a hunter pace. He was wonderful. Gave him the following day off. Day after that, he is nqr. Give him a few days off with bute and he was back to normal. 3 weeks later, another hunter pace, he was even better then the last time. Gave him the next day off. Day after that, rode him and he was fine.
Jump to 2 weeks ago. Went for a trail ride since it was 60 degrees a d gorgeous. Person I went with wasn't the best and took us down some really crappy areas. I wasn't thrilled. Lots of slipping and sliding on slate and rocks. Just all around bad footing.
Next day Dublin is gimpy. Left front, worse after right lead canter. I would say a 1 out of 5. Gave him a few days rest. Got on him again. Still lame, same rating. Vet was coming out on Monday, so added lameness exam to the list. Let me point out here that he is pretty much sound in hand. Only shows lameness with rider.
Rode him for the vet. He is very off in right lead canter and worse in trot afterwards. Negative to hoof testers. Vet blocks back if foot and we have 80% soundness. We block front of foot for 100% of foot blocked and Dublin is 100% sound. X-rays come up clean except for tiny bone spur on the coffin joint. Still no heat, swelling or pulse anywhere. We inject the coffin joint on slim chance its the culprit. And also thinking if it is the deep digital or the collatral it will help for a few weeks and give us a little more to go on. Gave him 5 days off. Hopped on and he is still just as lame. Gave him 4 more days 3 of which he was in due to rain. Got on last night s d he is dead lame 4 out of 5.
Vet is having me give him 2 weeks off. Then we are to block the foot again, just to be sure. Next step will be MRI. Im sincerely hoping it is a bruised navicular or the bursa. And not a tear in any of the ligaments.
Feel free to give me you opinions. Sympathy is always welcome.
MRI results show a 3mm tear in the Deep digital flexor tendon and slight inflammation of the bursa. So it's 6 months off and as of right now, we are trying to work out logistics to get stem cell going. 75% chance of a complete recovery. Here's hoping!
Now I just have to figure out what the heck I'm going to do for the next 6 months.
And an FYI... the original lameness, when he went off the very next morning was actually the right front. I looked it up. LOL I just assumed it was the same foot as now. MRI results on that foot are clean. Go figure...