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    04-18-2007, 07:42 AM
Green Broke

Hi all,

I've been to look at a new horse today, that I'm debating about buying. She's a 15.3hh Warmblood cross, lovely temperament, and stunning to look at....
The only problem is...., if it is a problem. She has a curb. I'd never heard of this before, but apparently its to do with some kind of previous ligament damage, just below the hock.
Has anyone any more knowledge on it? Or does anyone own/ride horses with this.
She's sound to ride, but I'm a little dubious as to whether to purchase her or not. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    04-19-2007, 02:56 PM
Green Broke
No one know anything?
    04-19-2007, 03:07 PM
Sorry meg I have never heard of it. Is there a different name for it maybe? I will ask my trainer tonight if she knows what it is but I don't know
    04-19-2007, 03:12 PM
Green Broke
Thanks Prettypalfrey, I haven't a clue if it goes by another name. All I was told is that its a curb. I've never heard of it before either. I was going to phone and ask my vet, but he's still on holiday. :roll:
    04-19-2007, 10:00 PM
My trainer said that it is a swollen hock. I would get a vet check done though that way its not money wasted. I hope this helps
    04-20-2007, 03:45 AM
Green Broke
Did your trainer say anything about whether they could stay in work etc?
    04-20-2007, 12:43 PM
No unfortunately but it didn't seem like it was a huge problem. But they don't know the horse or how bad it is so I would spend the money and get the vet check done
    04-21-2007, 12:29 AM
I've never heard of this either. I would think that if it is in fact a swollen hock. (not doubting, just don't know for sure) then it would depend on how swollen, and how often. Is it swollen enough that the horse is lame? How often does it happen? What excerbates this? (these are questions I would have for the present owner) I would definitely get a vet check and during that ask the vet about this. Does the current owner have any xrays? Why is she/he selling the horse?

It may be nothing, but since I don't know that much about it, I would be leery.
    04-21-2007, 05:20 AM
Green Broke
Thanks all.
My vet called in for a coffee yesterday (he's also a friend), I got my dates wrong, he came back on Wednesday. :roll:
Anyways, A curb is, some sort of previous ligament damage that runs from the hock, down the back of the leg. There are two types, one from previous injury and the other arthritic. The hock can become swollen on occasions, it's similar to tendon damage, too much work/strain on previously damaged tendons and they flare up.
Could be perfectly sound for years, then again could be dog lame next week.
I've decided against buying her. :( She's a lovely horse, stunning to look at, but my vet has persuaded me to look elsewhere, knowing that I wont be happy just gentle hacking etc....

Thanks again for all your advice/comments. Xx
    04-21-2007, 04:57 PM
You will find the right horse meg, probably when you least expect it

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