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post #1 of 6 Old 07-13-2011, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Bone spavins

I recently got a 14 year old horse with bone spavins. I have done some reading on them and his are fused. Has anyone had any experience with a horse with bone spavins once they are fused? Can they become a problem sometime down the line if a horse is not ridden hard? He is very sound now and runs and jumps around the pasture without a probem. I am just wondering if they can become painful after they have fused.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-14-2011, 01:22 AM
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Usually once the joints have fused bone spavin is not an issue, however getting to that point is what requires surgeries, injections and painful years for the horse so there may be some residual issues from that. Physically as long as the fusing went ok he should he fine. Bog spavin on through other hand is basically unmanageable as those joints can't be fused.
I would recommend putting the horse on adequan, possibly legend and an msm supplement because of his age and history to prolong his comfortable years in work. Good luck!
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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

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A lot depends on where the spavin is or was located.

High spavins are problematic whereas lower ones are easier to deal with.

My GP horse developed low spavins in both hind legs ( he was a bit straight legged in conformation) and it took a year of riding under bute before they fused.

He still had residue problems and I could never warm him up using a trot as it was hard on him. So he was always warmed up with walk then canter until the legs were able to function better.

As I said he developed them when he was about 8 and half way trained. Once fused the training continued and I was able to get him to GP.
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Bone spavin is low and bog spavin is high ;)
The horse I dealt with bone spavin on we did surgery, but fairly non invasive as it was done with two small incisions and a laser. Expensive, but we didn't look back.
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Thank you for your help with this. I think he will probably do okay.
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