Hmm, no such luck I'm afraid.
I was expecting not so good news, but it was still a disappointment when the vet came
She's put Monty back on bute for a week, to try to reduce the swelling, which is still there after nearly 5 weeks now. He's not allowed to be walked in hand again for a week or two, confined to base entirely......He then has another week on box rest after this, without the bute, to see how he manages, and whether the swelling reduces.
After this, if there's still no improvement, they want to scan him to try to understand what's going on a bit more. She said she still thinks it's a fairly minor tendon sheath inflammation, and things are going the right way, but it's still miserable for Monty and for me. The last few weeks of summer, and I'm already doing every morning. And he's really fed up of being in. We're lucky I suppose that we've got a little barn for him, and a companion (with laminitis - only allowed out for 1/2 hour a day), so he's not stuck in a stable on his own, but I'm certainly not feeling lucky tonight *sigh* Ho hum - could be a lot worse