arthritis in the hocks leads to lameness?

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arthritis in the hocks leads to lameness?

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    06-01-2009, 02:59 PM
arthritis in the hocks leads to lameness?

My app gelding has arthritis in his hocks. He is currently turned out 24/7 but in the colder months is turned out during the day and in a stall at night.

Can his arthritis lead to lameness?
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    06-01-2009, 03:32 PM
I would say yes. Pain from the arthritis could cause lameness, as the horse tries to walk as carefully as possible to avoid to much pain.

What kind of supplements or medications do you have him on? I would honestly keep him turned out 24/7 all year round, and blanket him in the winter. It's really important (from what I have learned) to keep arthritic horses moving to keep their joints from becoming stiff.
    06-01-2009, 03:50 PM
I would keep him out 24/7 but the place where I board doesn't have any shelter set up yet for that.

He is currently on a equinyl combo the intense formula and is doing very well on that. He canters, bucks, everything out in the pasture and is still sound.

If he's 10 now, how long until he might become lame, or does it really depend on the horse and what he's doing?

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