07-14-2011, 06:04 AM
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As anebel said, once they have fused, they are usually fine. My boy was diagnosed with bone spavins in his hock last year but were located so that vets have been unable to chemically or surgically fuse the joint. 1 year on he is still slightly paddock sore. I'm devastated with this as I purchased him as a dressage prospect and being 9 years old now with limited training, by the time the joint fuses (if ever) there won't be terribly much point in pouring all of that effort and money training him up. Plus by the time he's ready to go, my weanling will probably be under saddle anyway.
If your horse's joints have fused and have been fused for a few years, they really shouldn't cause too much of a problem. The vets that were dealing with me said that once the joints have fused, the horse can resume normal work as though nothing has happened