And she was overwhelmed by the change in him.
His toe length has improved, his sole thickness, and his feet in general. After she examined the x-rays, she told me that a large portion of the coffin bone has actually regenerated. We always knew that a little bit of it would, but apparently the results are outstanding.
So outstanding, in fact, that her prognosis has completely changed.
Three months ago, she told me that I would be lucky to get light work out of Walker for the rest of his life if I intended to keep him sound.
This time around, she tells me that she thinks I may be able to put him back into full work come Spring. Full work! I didn't even think that was going to be an option!
Just to be sure, we are going to give him the Winter off as planned and re-x-ray him again in the Spring. If his feet still look good, we are going to come up with a fitness schedule and bring him back into shape.
Needless to say I'm very very happy with these results. And so thankful that I decided to move him when I did. At our last barn, he managed to deteriorate in under 6 months, and at our current barn, we were able to undo all that damage in about 2 months. If I wasn't before, I am now a firm believer that environment can mean the world of difference for a horse's health.
The vet's only complaint: Walker has put on about 50 lbs. Haha. He is now on a diet.