Van Gogh was found in the field on 21st August 2010 very lame but no injury - brought him in and later that day his hock had swollen and on 3 legs  paniced that he had been kicked and damaged his hock took him to the Equine hospital (with dread as to whether this one would come home L) They xrayed and hock joint 100% clean and no infection in the joint.  Diagnosed as cellulitis due to subcutaneous skin infection so they have put him on strong antibiotics and we brought him home and arranged for our vet to visit daily to give large doses of antibiotics IV.  However after a week on very strong antibiotics the hock had not improved and so took him back to the hospital on Saturday 28th August.  The vets now say there is some infection in the joint and the only way to ensure that there is no permanent damage to the joint is to flush his hock under General Anaesthetic which they did on Sunday.  By the Tuesday I had a call to say that he was still just as lame and will not weight bear at all on it and that they can continue treating in intensive care and flush again but the costs are escalating and they cannot say how good the prognosis would be of a full recovery.  We tried so hard for him as he is quite unique with his colouring and movement but we now had to make the decision to continue treating or have him PTS.    To become a stallion prospect he has to be 100% and if there is any doubt about his hock then there is no point.   Why does this always happen to the best horses???  Sadly he was PTS on 1st September 2010 at just 1 year old.