There is nothing wrong with hock injections if a horse needs them. What IS wrong is asking a horse to perform that needs help with the hocks. My horse gets hock injections before show season, BECAUSE he no longer produces synovial fluid...which is NOT his fault, it's what happens with Mother Nature. So, should I not replace that fluid so he can still be an active horse? Or should I just turn him out to pasture, not work him, and STILL have him with uncomfortable hocks....whether I ride him or not.
I have a 5 year old with severe arthritis. I'm doing everything in my power to get her to riding sound. She was supposed to be a top competitor in the barrel arena, and she may never make it there. Hock injections very well could be in our near future but I feel pumping a horse full of pain meds is wrong if the horse is still going to be in pain during riding and for days after a heavy workout.
Especially with him being such a young horse...