The vet called and sometime in Beretta's young life she fractured her inside sesmoid bone on her right hind leg. In this pic it is the black leg...
You can see the bit of thickening to the outside of the fetlock joint. Some of that is the scar tissue from that damn poke last fall. However, the change in her leg runs the entire length of the outside of her cannon bone. The vet believes that is the bone compensating for the additional pressure to the outside of her leg. It is something that we can feel moreso than see.
The problem is, the fracture happened so long ago (probably within the first 3-4 months of her life), that the tendon has migrated over to the inside of the fetlock. According to this vet, there is nothing that can be done as the sesmoid bone has already fused.
According to this vet, the chance of Beretta ever becoming the barrel horse I had hoped she would be is gone. If carefully maintained over the next few years (and probably the rest of her life), she will be sound for riding, but he said he would be very worried about trying to compete on her. If that tendon ever blows...It would most likely mean euthanasia.
At this point, the vet said the only thing I can do is keep her trimmed and keep her weight in check.
You know...I need to see those x-rays for myself (and hopefully get copies of them), but I don't know if I am going to accept that as the final say for Beretta's future. Now that I know exactly what is going on and the fact that Beretta is so young and still growing...there is still the chance that this can be corrected to some extent. That tendon is firmly attached and was not damaged, it just moved. I may not be able to get it to move back over, but over time and aggressively working on keeping Beretta's heels balanced...I think there is still a chance she will grow up and be fine.
If I can get copies of the x-rays, I will probably take them to another vet that I heard was an equine guru and see what he has to say.
Long story short - There is no sure way to determine how well Beretta will or won't do in the next couple of years. The only thing I won't be able to do with her is take her home and turn her out at the ranch. She needs vigilant care to optimize her chances. Good thing for her that I like her. ;-) Hopefully now that she is back on turnout, she comes out of that snarly attitude she developed.