I promise to stop being such a terrible blogger.
Basically, Pony was up and down and up and down and I got tired of writing about it.
However, seventh months later, I have a solid diagnosis.
Pony has ossifying myositis in her left hind leg.
Never heard of it? I didn't think so. Its not a very common thing to happen. Which seriously sucks.
Basically, one of the muscles (either the semimembranosus or the semitendanosus) has turned into hard scar tissue. When this muscle turned into hard scar tissue, the muscle lost its elasticity.... therefor she has a difficult time bringing her left hind underneath herself, and if she overexerts herself it will then cause her to short step because that muscle tightens up even more.
This problem causes a mechanical lameness. There are a lot of horses that get it, and simply deal with it. However, because I have the most special pony in the entire world, it freaks her out and she can't handle herself.
And this brings you all up to date with where I am today. I only found on a firm diagnosis on friday. I am trying to come to terms with what this means for us and our future together.
I bet you are all asking 'So how do you fix it?' Long story short, there is a surgery but that is only for much more extreme cases and it doesn't have a super high success rate.
This is a relatively uncommon occurrence that happens as the result of a few things. Sometimes, it can be a calcium deficiency. Sometimes, it can be the result of trauma, and sometimes it can be hereditary. Apparently, something as little as being in a trailer with a butt bar and having the brakes slammed on can do it. Or a kick from another horse they live with, and since the trauma is usually invisible to the outside, how can I ever know what could have caused it?
So, this should be a strictly mechanical problem, but clearly my Pony doesn't think so. So we are starting the long road to hopefully a recovery.
Unfortunately since this is a relatively uncommon problem, and most horses deal with it, there isn't a lot of information about options I have to help her overcome it. It is definitely possible for it to heal, but it is not guaranteed whatsoever.
So now this blog will become a documentation about me and pony trying to rehab out of this so that hopefully we can help someone else who has this problem with their beloved Pony.