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[RC] Lame Lark - Patricia Israelson

Hello Ride Camp!
I have another situation I would like for you horse experts and vets to discuss for me.  I welcome all suggestions as to what to do for this horse.
I have a beautiful 17 year old, 16H, Morgan gelding who is the sweetest boy.  He does dressage, show hack, hunt seat, western pleasure, and you can put a little kid on his back and he is as slow and gentle as can be.  Before I got Lark, somebody caused some serious damage to his left front foot.  Initially I thought it was arthritis, but after a vet check with x-rays, it was determined that he has no cartilage in his left front pastern, and some bone spurs too.  I was told that Lark could have surgery to remove the bone spurs, and to fuse the pastern joint ,which may or may not help his problem.  I wm wondering if anyone has heard anything about growing cartilage in the joints using stem cells.  I think I saw an article about it in one of the horse magazines, but I have not been able to locate it and read it as of yet.
Right now Lark is a lawn ornament.  I do not ever plan on using him for endurance, however, I would like to be able to ride him out on some easy trails at a walk or a light trot.  Maybe even show him in some open shows in hunt seat or dressage.  I just want Lark to be able to move with out limping or pain.
What do you think Ride Camp.  Got any ideas how I can help this wonderful horse? 
Patty Israelson