Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
Hello! I'm always a bit surprised when this sort of question crops up here - which it frequently does. We are not allowed to interpret radiographs - veterinary ethics basically prevents it, and very appropriately too. I will try to explain: You are paying a vet to examine your horse, to take a full history, to watch the animal move and feel their feet, to make a decision as to the appropriate test to give them the information they need in order to move forward ....... And then you send the radiograph to me and ask for my insights, even though I know next to nothing at all about the patient. Is this a lack of willingness to wait, or what will you do if your vet and I differ? Of course, your own vets' insights are going to be far more valuable and well worth the waiting for because they have a lot more information than I do. I am surprised that you are already in possession of a copy of the radiograph before your vet has interpreted it - it seems to have put you in the unenviable position of gazing at the picture, speculating, in advance of it being explained. However, in the long term it would not be appropriate for me to start commenting here.