As you all know Alee got diagnosed with Bilateral PSD 3 months ago.
She has now finished a course of shockwave therapy and box rest and although better on her left hind is still lame on her right hind.
When I took her to the vets on Monday she was too naughty to be reassessed properly although the above could be clearly seen. The plan was to take her home and turn her out then reassess in a month. I lunged her yesterday just to get her used to behaving in the arena again and she is quite definatly lame and uncomfy on her right hind.
I spoke to my vet who read through the vet report from the RVC which suggested she is reviewed after one month then again after 3 months even thought she is still lame this to me doesn't make sense as why would you not treat a horse that is still lame?
I had a long chat with my vet who in all honesty is not holding out hope for Alee at all and said that if she was his he would cut his losses now.
She is 4 and had this injury having only been in very light work of a month. My vets argument is that even with an op she probably won't stay sound for her to do the work I want her to. She isn't and never will be a light hack.
Now my options are :-
Send her to Twemlows to be a recipient mare - I have spoken to them and they are interested in taking her, They would keep her till 12 if she prooves useful and then PTS
PTS now why prolong the inevitable.
Have the op and take the risk that in a few months time it probably either won't have worked or she won't hold up to be in ridden work and then make the decision
to do one of the above and run the risk of loosing the place at Twemlows.
Obviously (as much as it shouldn't it has to) finances do play a part. I have, since Alee was 2, kept a horse that I can't ride. Obviously as a youngster you can handle this but she will be 5 next year and I feel like i'll still be paying out for a young horse that I will never get to enjoy!! Plus my insurance will pay out if she is PTS now but not in years time.
If she goes to Twemlows I will get the pleasure of seeing her breeding but will have no control over who she goes to or what happens to her but she will have a purpose in life and will hopefully be happy.
If she is PTS now I will know that she is pain free and will also know that no one will ill treat her - however although very slim there might be chance that the op could work although remember that I don't know how much work she will stand up to if she does ever come sound.
I am in such a dilema my head says one thing and my heart says something else. It tears me apart having to see her uncomfy everyday and not know exactly where we are going and if I will ever enjoy her again.
If anyone has opinions or ideas on this please help me out.