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    02-21-2010, 10:23 PM
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Hey all!
I just bought a 3y/o 17h TB gelding who has stiff back hocks. He's only been off the track for 3 weeks now, and is currently on pasture board so that he is not standing in a stall getting stiff. However, his back hocks are still REALLY sore. I'm trying to determine if I should a) put him on joint supplements b) get him vetted/x-rayed c) do nothing for now and wait to see how he is in a few weeks/months. I don't mind giving him enough time to recuperate, and am in no hurry to get him on a riding schedule, since he's so young still. He does w/t/c and jump already, but you can definitely tell he's really super stiff in his back. I'm not sure if it's just because he was a racehorse (only raced 3 times b/c he was SO slow), and never had to use his hind end, or what, but I want to nip this hock issue in the bud sooner than later.
Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!
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    02-21-2010, 10:30 PM
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I would get him vetted. The vet could let you know how you should approach the problem. Stall/pasture rest? Injection (SO young!!)? Drugs, Surgery etc....
    02-21-2010, 10:32 PM
I would have him vetted first, since you don't know for sure whats going on. Its most likely an injury from racing that will need to be treated.
    02-21-2010, 10:37 PM
Be wary of the injections, especially at his young age
    02-21-2010, 10:48 PM
I just posted pictures of him being ridden about 2 weeks ago. He's currently on pasture board. I think in the pics it looks like he's moving out nicely, but lately he's been really stiff.
    02-22-2010, 11:41 AM
I think she means if he ends up having an injury, walking around on it in a pasture may not be the best thing for him (stall rest), which is why you should have the vet out so he can reccomend further treatment, or x-rays, or whatever.

My 12 y/o OTTB (raced for eight years) has horrible arthritis in his hocks--he doesn't move correctly without having an oral supplement in his feed.

Since pictures can't really convey stiffness, it would probably be best to get a video.
    02-22-2010, 11:51 AM
I doubt the 'source' of the problems is the hocks. I'd have a chiropractor out first.
    02-22-2010, 01:05 PM
My 5 year old mare had a hock injury as a 2 year old..she would be stiff at times and couldnt tell if she favored it out of habit or actual discomfort because it took a long time to heal and treat. I did have another vet look at it again, it was healed and she isnt in actual pain because of it, but when its cold (weather changes) or she has been in a stall all night she can be stiff. I finally experimented with some MSM supplement from smartpak, called smartMSM just to see if it would help. I noticed a improvement in a very short time, she was much more fluid and smooth when my daughter rode her, and is less stiff the morning after she is released from the corral. Her back up has become much more smooth, and generally speaking because I have known her since she was 6 months old and after her injury I can tell it helps. So its worth it...but it still doesnt rule out having a vet look at them first to ensure its not more serious.
    02-22-2010, 01:18 PM
Wow 3 years old and jumping!

I have an OTTB and here is what I would do with him if I were you (most of these things I did with my mare)...

1. Give him time (lots of time) to be a real horse
2. Make sure he is on a good feed and his feet are done correctly
3. Save and have the vet look at him (i had to save but it was worth it knowing that my mare is all clean)
4. Have the equine chiropractor out and make sure you do some of the follow ups
5. I am a better safe then sorry type person so if you feel that the supplements would help then try them- they can't hurt

Keep us posted and I can't wait to see some pics of him!
    02-22-2010, 01:27 PM
Originally Posted by Mercedes    
I doubt the 'source' of the problems is the hocks. I'd have a chiropractor out first.
I would have a massage therapist out once or twice before a chiropractor. Muscle and ligament tension is what pulls/pushes bones out of place 9 times out of 10 unless a fall or crash is involved, but you'd still need those muscles "put" back in the right places. Then have a chiro out to re-align the bones. In the long run it will solve more problems and save more money then having the chiro out time and again.

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