Bone Spur = No Jumping?

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    10-29-2011, 11:46 AM
Bone Spur = No Jumping?

I have an OTTB whom is two years old. She was retired early with a bone spur in her right foreleg. She was on rest for 4 months and I've recently started her as a saddle horse a month ago. She's an amazing girl. Completely calm and SLOW. Never tried to run out from under me. She's a total contradiction. Anyways, I was told by the track vet that she would be sound for anything I wanted to do with her except racing (obviously) including jumping in the future. Im not sure how well this flys with me. Id like to jump her, and im sure she'd be good at it, but im not sure about his diagnosis. SHOULD she be jumped? I was under the impression that jumping would be too strenuous for a horse with a bone spur. I still plan on taking her to my regular vet to get his opinion but right now she woulnt load into any trailer without a ramp and mine doesnt have a ramp and the vet doesnt do house calls.
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    10-29-2011, 04:31 PM
I think this question requires an expert's answer. I did some research after searching Google to get some ideas of bone spurs since I have no experience with them. It seems as if they cases of bone spur can vary greatly. Some horses are allowed to return to heavy workload while some have to be turned out to pasture. It all depends on the degree of severity with the bone spur.

I wish I could help you more! I'm sure if you did lots of research on the internet, you could definitely find more information. I found out what I said above just my looking at 3 articles.
    10-29-2011, 08:15 PM
Ive been looking as much as I can. Most of the good articles are over humans. I know I can get surgery to remove it but I don't think its worth it. She's happy the way she is if it came down to surgery.
    10-29-2011, 10:15 PM
If it were MY horse, I would not risk her soundness and potentially even her life to cater to my wishes. If I really wanted to ride her, I would have the surgical correction done.
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    10-29-2011, 11:42 PM
Where exactly is the spur? Where a spur is located can hugely impact what the horse can and can't do. Some spurs will not cause any problems whatsoever, others will mean retirement. I got unlucky with my tb, like yours, he is exceptionally quiet. His first ride off the track after 6 months in the paddock he took less than 20 seconds to understand that leg means go forward.
He has outstanding paces and conformation, he was intended as my next dressage horse.
However as it turns out, he has a bone spur in his hock and is also developing arthritis. 18 months after diagnosis, more than AU$5000 in treatments later, and I still can't ride him. He's not out in the paddock retired, but I am contemplating putting him to sleep as at times he is sore even just out in the paddock.

Is it possible for you to get a copy of the original diagnosis xrays? As you can't know anything until your vet gets a chance to have a good look at the xrays to determine the location and severity of the spur, and therefore the most suitable treatment option. Because of the location of my gelding's spur, surgical or chemical removal of the spur was not possible.
    10-30-2011, 11:38 AM
I don't have any way to get them sadly. I was told they were in her knee though. The xrays were takin when the previous owner had her before I acquired her. Im not going to jump her unless I get a complete okay from my vet and probably another. I was just mainly wondering if it was worth the effort to load her (she doesnt like loading and our trailer is a stock trailer.) and trailer her an hour away and pay for the x rays if it was a lost cause. She's not sore or anything. I've been riding her every day for the last month and she hasnt shown any lameness at all so theres no problem riding her. The track vet told the stable who owned her that after she was rested she'd be good to go for anything besides racing. Asked about jumping specifically and he said "she should be sound" and that just doesnt seem promising to me. If she can't handle racing how can you expect her to handle jumping? Then again im no vet and he is.

And Kayty, im in love with her. She's a two year old OTTB who had been on stall rest for 4 months and the first time I got on her was in a western saddle with a halter and a lead rope and she was walking slower than my western pleasure mare does. When I trot her I can say the word "slowly" and she goes into the slowest working trot I can imagine. She's surely something. I havent worked her in a bit YET and I've never had a problem with her. I've got her sidepassing on and off the rail too. We had a mare run past up while we were on the rail and she stopped. X.X flat out stopped haha!
    10-30-2011, 07:50 PM
She sounds lovely :) Sometimes you do find these 'gem' thoroughbreds :)

If you are unable to get xrays, just get to know how she normally moves very well. When I started getting suspicious that there was something going on with my gelding, he'd been in 6 months of solid dressage work and was nearly ready to go out for his first official comp. He had always been extremely trainable and willing, not once did he put his ears back or get grumpy when I asked for something new. But he'd started getting a bit grunpy, swishing his tail, going to bite when I brushed him etc.
Everyone said the ottb was just coming out in him and to keep going, but I've worked with my fair share of ottbs and this wasn't the same. I was told it would be a waste of money going to the vet, but I could feel it in his movement that his right hind was just 'off', never lame, no one could see it on the ground, but it didn't feel right.

And sure enough, bone spur and arthritic changes in his hock. The vet was amazed that I'd picked it up as there was no clear lameness. And now, 18 months later he's still no good.

So just know your horse, take the work nice and steady, jump her if you want to, but just be very tuned into your horse and know if she's fine or a bit 'off'.
    10-30-2011, 09:59 PM
Thank you for the advice. I plan on consulting my vet to see if he thinks I should get the xrays then we will see about MAYBE starting some minor jumping when she reaches six years (giving her some more time to mature) if he gives us the go ahead. Thank you so much!

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