“She has upper and lower ringbone in her left rear hoof and now she has gotten a wind puff in her right rear leg.”…
I have a 13 year paint mare. She has upper and lower ringbone in her left rear hoof and now she has gotten a wind puff in her right rear leg. The vet has told me to put her on 6 weeks of stall rest but do to her ringbone he just wants to rest in her in pasture. A lot of people have told me to put her out as a pasure pet. Is there any hope for her? She has given me a great colt about 5 months ago. She is such a great girl is there anything I can do so I can ride agin?
Dr. Jack Sales’ Answer:
I am not sure how lame the mare is. Some horses can tolerate ringbone pretty well without lameness. If it is within the joint then the lameness is much more serious and will usually not get better unless the pastern joint actually fuses. High heel and dubbed off toe in the affected foot will help in a faster break over and can alleviate some of the lameness in ringbone. Continue to follow your Veterinarians recommendations and it is possible that she will improve and can be ridden again. I hope this helps and good luck