(grumble)..the horse I am taking on trial came with a capped hock; no lameness, no heat, she was quite energetic actually, just unsightly. Apparently this isn't the first and the mare has a tendency to rub her hock when she stands. I had a gelding once that did the same thing but I used a protective boot on him before it got to the cap point. So now, what is the normal treatment? Same as a shoe boil?...lance, drain, protect? There is no skin trauma..all hair is in place.
I can't do this until the trial is over obviously and I decide on whether or not to keep her.