Hi guys, I wanted to follow up on this colt - we went through a turmoil of events since we got him 5 weeks ago..
We call him "Hank" - he mellowed out a lot since being gelded about 5-6 weeks ago, I gave him few weeks to adjust to his new home before starting to work with him, got his feet all trimmed up and gave him a lot of TLC and he cleaned up very well - he even gained some weight during that time :). Now - during that time I also started slowly working with him on ground manners and little bit of round pen work. I wondered why he really did not want to canter for me in the round pen and if he did, he would always crossfire or break the gait back into trot.. I thought well he was really out of shape since nobody has done anything with him for the 3 years of his life - so I did not pay much attention to it and just really eased him into work in round pen - did not push him very hard. The weekend of July 27th. we did another round pen session but I noticed he really did not want to even trot much anymore let alone canter - I did not notice any lameness on that day - however the following day I noticed 1 of his hocks seemed swollen up and he was definitely sore in trot and in canter he too - both his hocks were kind of larger size back when we went to first look at him at the seller's property but I never thought much of it - because when we got him he was quite thin and tall and I thought he "just needs to grow into himself" he is young yet. I cold hosed his hocks for about 5 days last week - however by Friday last week I did not see any change in the hocks and he was still lame.. I called my vet and she came by Saturday morning and after $600 vet bill (Xrays were taken) she gave me pretty devastating news.... Hank has severe Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) in both hocks..!!!!! She was showing me the bone fragments were loose in each hock on 2 places.. She said that basically he will never be sound for more than very light riding at most .. I am so bummed out about this.. this boy really started coming around and started growing on me and now these terrible news.. I have decided I will need to try to find him a new home - because I wanted to get sound horse that can definitely take more then "1-2 trail rides per year"... Who would have thought things would end this way?? (expensive one - I sunk $1500 into this colt in the past 2 months: purchase price - gelding him, transport, trims and the final glorious vet bill.." .. but I guess lesson learned: Don't skimp on pre-purchase vet exams".. I guess did not even think about it - as all my horses I've had before did not get one and I probably got lucky, but not with this one :( He is a very sweet kiddo and if I had large acreage I would just let him be on pasture to enjoy his life till the end of his days.. but that is not the case.. So he will have to go :( On the bright side of things I am glad we found out now and not 1-2 years later when I am really attached to him..... :(