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    01-05-2011, 11:41 PM
Clicky hocks

Ohhhh, I'm going to get slammed for this, I just know I am, but I have to ask it anyway.

Daughter took in three "rescue" horses - we have the first two safely here and will pick up the third in a few days - as soon as we can figure out how to get the stupid spitfire to load without killing someone. He's a real sweetie, until he gets near the trailer.

One of the horses here is supposed to be around four years old. He had an accident about a year ago - got his foot caught in a stirrup while pitching a hissy fit. Result, from what I am told, was a "stretched tendon," whatever that means.

At this time, I can see no swelling, there is no heat - nothing that looks immediately alarming...but. His hocks are so clicky! There is no way he could sneak up on you - you can hear him coming from thirty feet away!

Do I need to put him on a joint supplement, or is the clickyness something else? Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?

(Rescue - these horses came from a relative of daughter's husband. He's unemployed and had no $$ for feed - and waited until it was almost too late to ask for help. The horses look like walking skeletons - or at least they would if they didn't have their winter coats. Poor things couldn't even eat very much the first few days they were here. We just gave them a little, several times a day. They are now happily eating lots of hay and have learned that there is really neat stuff in those big tubs we take out to the pen!) We have consulted with a vet regarding their feeding and a worming schedule (good thing we asked first - didn't know not to use Ivermectin on a weakened horse). Their overall health appears to be okay - other than malnutrition. Vet will come out for bloodwork once we have all three in the same place, but neither he nor we are expecting anything out of the ordinary.
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    01-06-2011, 05:42 PM
    01-06-2011, 05:46 PM
I have no advice to give you but wanted to say its nice to hear three more horses will be given the care they deserve. Good luck to you and your daughter. :)
    01-06-2011, 06:15 PM
Thanks - luck is exactly what we are going to need. And LOTS of hay. We had plenty for the winter before bringing the three newbies in, so we'll have to buy some after all...but what can I say - I'm a sucker and they can see it from a mile away!
    01-06-2011, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
Good for you taking in those horses : ) Sounds to me like the vet might have a better idea. I think loud clicking is a joint issue though. At least with dogs it usually is.
    01-06-2011, 06:43 PM
You should see these poor little guys. The mare had a halter on her that she had apparently had on for much too long. Skin was starting to grow around it! We eased it off because we didn't want to put it back on once we got started. I wanted to cry for her! She'll be scarred for life, and she's so cute! It really makes my blood boil. Got Corona Ointment on it right now. Vet was out of my lovely Pink Lady - going to have to order some online, I guess.
    01-06-2011, 07:59 PM
Hi Dee, that is just horrible. It sickens me how people can do this to animals. So happy you are able to care for them. It just breaks my heart to think of all the hurting animals out there from the abuse of humans.

When I have my own land, I'm sure I'll be taking in a few of the down and outs too. I've already warned my hubby. Lol.
    01-06-2011, 09:39 PM
Be careful about taking them in - they can be much more expensive than a "normal" horse - and often have serious trust issues. So far, the ones we have here seem to be fine. I'm worried about the one we had to leave behind. There's an ice storm coming and I don't think we'll be able to bring him home before it gets here.

I'm going to try to get some better pix, but there are some really bad ones...for the record...

This is "America." I thought from this pic that he was white, but he is actually a palamino. Have no idea what breed he is - probably QHX. I almost thought maybe some Morgan. He's the one with the clicky hocks. He doesn't look too terrible in this pic, but if you actually put your hands on him - you could use his ribs for a xylophone


This is Nutmeg - she's the one that had the ingrown halter. She's in better shape than America. Daughter hopped up on her bareback this afternoon (regretted it) and she was an angel - but her backbone was wicked!


This is Outlaw - he's the one we had to leave behind for now. My other son in law has fallen in love with him - even with his bad behavior. At least we know one of them will have a forever home already! His feet are horrible. I'm so glad we have such a good farrier - he's a great barefoot trimmer that really has a way with horses - even bad boys! (We offered to take that poor colt in the background, but they wouldn't let him go. Hopefully, reducing the herd will mean more feed for the little guy.)

    01-06-2011, 09:55 PM
Oh those dear creatures. So heart breaking. Please post pics as they get healthy.

I'm talking in a few years when I have some more experience. I grew up with horses but I have never taken in any horses that were neglected or abused. It won't be something I do on a whim.

So glad you are taking care of them. The colt looks really skinny. Hope he gets some feed or another home.
    01-06-2011, 10:12 PM
I had the same problem with my old man. He would click, I just assumed it was like people that pop and crack. I start him on a supplement called Cur-OST I researched it online, anyway he has been on it for about 6 weeks , and it seems to have lessened the clicking, and his overall haircoat is sleek, and he feels great. Anyway just my 2 cents.

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