What’s your diagnosis?

An 8 year old, 1D Barrel Horse presents with a grade 2/5 LF lameness. Flexes positive to the LF lower limb flexion (pastern/fetlock).

What is your diagnosis and next steps/treatments?

The Saginaw Valley Equine Answer

Answer: This horse suffered from severe pastern arthritis (ringbone). After careful deliberation, the decision was made to fuse the joint surgically with a plate and screws. We can see the SVEC surgical team placing the hardware in this video (x-rays are in the comments). He will stay in a cast for 6-8 weeks post op and is expected to make a full recovery.

We have had good success with this procedure under the right circumstances for pasture soundness, as well as going on to their previous level of competition!