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post #1 of 2 Old 06-05-2014, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Bone Spurs?

My 14 year old POA gelding has bony knobs on the insides of his hocks. They're not very big or noticeable, but I notice them just because I'm always around him. I've always wondered what they were, but because he's never shown any signs of being lame, or even sore on his back legs, I never gave it a second thought. I happened to have read about bone spavin/bone spurs and I've noticed them more lately (maybe just because I'm looking for them now..) but I thought maybe that's what those could be. He shows no signs of arthritis, and he still moves like he always has. Do you think they're spurs, and should I have them looked at?
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-06-2014, 07:36 AM
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It is not a bone spur. It is the inside edge of the end of the tibia. Normal. some horses it is more prominent than others. Here is the bone structure of the hock looking at the front (anterior) of the joint.

BTW for all the people who think a horse that toes out a little behind and say their horse is crooked or cow hocked, look at the Talus bone. See the grooves? This is the rotational weight bearing part of the hock. Note the slant? That is due to the spiral construction of the hind leg so the leg can work as designed, like a spring!
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