Right - long story cut short:
Lexi - 6 year-old TB, eventing at PN / N level.
Last March she pulled a shoe off out cantering, shoe went back on a couple of days later. She was entered for Goring 2 weeks later - appeared to come sound in a few days so worked her lightly before the event then ran her at Goring.
Came home from Goring lame. Sound after a couple of weeks so I tried to bring her back to work. Went lame. Vet came and said bruised foot. Gave her a month off.
About a month later I tried to bring her back - initially sound but went lame after 3 or 4 days. Vet said work her a couple more days so she was 'properly' lame and he could nerve block.
This was early June - vet examined and found a pulse down to her foot. Nerve blocked foot and she appeared to come sound. X-rayed both front feet - perfect. He commented on what good confirmation she has (she is lovely and straight and all in proportion). His advice was that he still thought it was a bruise and I should get silicone pads under shoes and rest longer.
She is still lame but now intermittent. Vet has changed his mind about the bruised foot diagnosis (apparently inconsistent with intermittent lameness). She has been referred to Newmarket for a second opinion.
My vet says he thinks it is not a bone problem and not a bruise. Won't be drawn on soft tissue injuries.
So, what could it be? What sort of prognosis should I be preparing myself for?