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    01-02-2012, 11:36 AM
Capped Hock

(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.
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    01-02-2012, 03:14 PM
A capped hock is considered a blemish & is not usually a soundness issue. A true capped hock has nothing to drain.
Have her vetted before you buy her & if the vet doesn't find anything wrong in regards to soundness & you like her then she sounds like a keeper.
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    01-04-2012, 04:11 PM
My mare mysteriously came up with what I was told many years back, was a capped hock. In my case, I think she did it in arena turn-out, the vet said it was a hemotoma (basically a small rupture full of blood), he easily drained it and did a quick Cortisone injection and after about two weeks...gone!
    01-04-2012, 04:22 PM
I trained a horse a while back that came to me with a capped hock from kicking walls. He never showed any sign of pain or lameness, no matter what I did with him; loping circles, reining type spins, hard stops, etc.

Like Natisha said, a capped hock that is not fresh is just a blemish and cannot be "drained". If they just injured it recently, there may be some edema to drain but often, the swelling is permanent.

Consult with your vet and have them do a check. That will be your best bet for definitive answers.
    01-05-2012, 07:49 AM
Iffy issues :). Travelling to the right, which is the hock that is capped, there is a difference in stride..sort of like a higher lifting of the leg. It isn't extreme but it is there. Not sure if it the result of the capped hock itself or the fact that the mare is also cow-hocked to a certain degree..moreso than the standard slightly inward turn of the back legs on horses in the natural conformation.

Farrier is taking a detailed look today for trimming possibilities; the mare has never worn shoes and is simply trimmed flat but I think there is a trim that allows for some small correction of the path of flight. She doens't twist that hoof at all in travel.

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