On Monday I hauled my borrowed trailer to Lowville, loaded up Lotza Hot and traversed Route 26 to Vernon where she was examined by one of the better vets in NYS for issues of lameness. I lunged her in their sandy arena, Pat did flexion tests and then we took x-rays of her front feet to examine the amount of navicular degeneration. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being healthy and 10 being the worst case he had seen, Pat declared her an 8 – pretty bad. Her small feet and upright conformation coupled with usage have left her quite lame. I hauled her back home to Lowville and reported the results to her caretaker. Too bad because in a lot of ways she is a very nice mare.