Good Morning, and thanks for getting back to me. I appreciate your responses and thorough answers. Reading what you have told me so far, brings up a few more questions concerning some specifics about Hannah’s knee.
Firstly, however, as far as your overall description of her shape, it sounds as if she may be under conditioned. How did you acquire her? Do you know anything of her previous use, or did you rescue her? Internal parasites can often play a large role in body condition. Has she been de-wormed recently? If not, you might consider having a fecal analysis completed to assess her parasite burden, and if her teeth haven’t been examined, she may be in the need of some dental work. Also, if you are riding her (is she broke to ride?), some light work several times a week (or daily, if you have the time!) will help to improve her muscle mass and get rid of the big belly. If she is not rideable, I’d recommend just starting with some basic groundwork. What are your plans for her as far as use?
What does her diet consist of, including any supplements, vitamins, etc.?
And back to her knee! Is this something that has been present since you have had her? In what type of circumstance does her knee collapse? Does it actually seem to give way, or does it appear to lock up, where she can’t seem to move it? Does it affect her running, trotting, etc.? Is there any notable swelling around the knee, or in the kneecap area? Are her hooves in good shape?
Thanks in advance for your answers, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.