Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Eastern Connecticut
If she's OTTB (off the track thoroughbred) then she's already had a career in racing and could develope arthritis (navicular syndrome) in a few years. You have to consider how many starts she's had (races) and multiply that by 20 for everytime she had been exercises or breezed before a race. If its just her hocks she could be fine up to first level with help from a trainer and supplements for her hocks. Hock injections are an extreme measure to take to preserve soundness. The injections have to be given for the rest of the horses life because once the horse comes off them, the joints are crippled. I don't remember how the injections work but I know its damaging to the hocks. A good way to judge how sound the hocks are is to watch the horse get up after a long nap on a sunny day. You can also tell if she's stiff anywhere else by watching her get up. If she struggles to get up or looks wobbly like its taking her allot of effort then forget it. A vet can also do some tests to tell you the condition of her hocks. Good Luck.