My 6yo Tennessee Walker, who appears sound in every way (runs around the pasture/arena without problems, and is sound under saddle), has some pretty loud clicking in his hock area when he bends and straightens his hind legs, and you can see it popping/clicking into place. I've owned him since he was 4months old and this has never happened before.
I've done a little bit of online research but haven't been able to come up with much re: clicking hocks. Like I said, he's completely sound other than the noise, and is getting checked out by my vet when I get shots done in a few weeks.
I am very open to suggestions for supplements that might help his problem; he is currently not getting any.
Here are my questions:
How might this have happened?
Will it limit him in any way, or cause him to get arthritis quicker? He's sound right now, but it just started.
Will his hocks ever be 'normal' again?
What is the clicking/popping sound?
How bad is it that his hocks are clicking?
I'm a worried 'Mommy'.