I think that you are right in following your vet at this stage. You are in the middle of a treatment plan and you do have faith in your vets and need to trust them. My only concern is that things are happening very quickly. I know the injuries are not identical, but when Ben came back from the bone scan after having injections in his stifle, he was given 5 weeks off field rest for the injections to kick in and his body to recover. His back was very, very sore and he needed 5 physio sessions, 2 under sedation, for an improvement to be found. This all takes time. If Ginny has an equally sore back, she may just need time for her muscles to build in the correct place and for her to carry herself correctly. If her back is still sore, this could surely explain the front end lameness? Ben’s sore back caused 2 active splints in his front legs. Perhaps more time resting before more injections may be worth thinking about, particularly if a serious issue has not been identified.I'm going to contact Rockley Farm and read up on barefoot rehab. At the moment I am in the middle of an active treatment phase and will continue with that for now. They are the experts, they are the ones who have seen and assessed the pony and I trust their expertise. But in the meantime I will do my research for plan B.
Making assumptions here, but if she was equally lame on all legs and the lameness is now obvious, that would suggest to me she has made progress in at least 1 leg/pair of legs for the lameness to now show. So perhaps its better news than her not changing at all or the lameness still being difficult to pick up on. And hopefully a more obvious lameness might make their job of diagnosing the issue, and therefore treatment, easier. I got very good at looking for silver linings when Jess was lame, staying positive is half the battle xThanks - My own vet wants to see her again in a week to inject again. Then Leahurst is on 6th Sept. I just don't know what to think really. The lack of any obvious pathology is good news but the lack of improvement in a very young horse who has had a shed-load of steroids, anti inflammatories, heart bar shoes and rest is bad news. They were planning to re-block on 6th to see if she was sound which seems highly unlikely given that the lameness is more obvious now. I would have hoped for her to be paddock sound by now. And she's still on meds. She's got another 2 days of those. Looking at the clinical report from Leahurst they were hoping I could start some in-hand rehab after 2 weeks but only if she was clearly making progress. Which she isn't.
Hmmm, is she on oral pain meds? if so I would leave her on lower dose/off them so she can feel what's going on, with it hidden they do silly stuff. I used a calmer to keep jess quiet in the field when she was bad, used wendals 'calmer' and it worked well If I could I would keep her in sick paddock but if not I would put her out and leave her out, they tend to do more silly stuff if they only get limited turnout.Silly pony keeps jumping out of the poorly paddock. 5 bar gate. I guess her feet cant hurt that much! So options are out with friends in main 4 acre field or stabled and stressed?? Havd left message with vet but WWYD?