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  • My horse has a curb
  • Calcification below hock

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    07-11-2007, 12:44 PM


I have been talking to a variety of people regarding curbs in horses.(i have been to look at a horse with ONE, old curb, that has passed a full vetting from none other than 3different veterinary practices and passed each time, in order to prove its soundness and ability to continue doing a job perfectly well!)
Everybody seems to have the same opinion, that it is always going to cause a problem for the horse and that a horse can't do a job as well or at all if it has one??

Two curbs I understand! As that usually determines that there is a huge conformation issue with that particualr horse, but one can just be due to injury, slipping over in the field while playing as a foal or a human stupidity and jumping to much too soon?

I would be very interested in everybodies opinion if you are happy to give it....

Thanks you,

Elz x
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    07-11-2007, 07:50 PM
Sorry, I would just like an definition of a curb. Is it what we call over here a splint? A bony calcification on the inside of the cannon due to a knock or stress to the splint bone?
    07-13-2007, 08:44 AM
Hello, yes I will do my best to give you an acurate definition.

It is a hard swelling on the back of a horses hind leg just below the hock. It is caused by trauma/damage to the plantar tarsel ligament which supports the hock joint. This can be through a simple slip over in the field or playing to hard as youngsters, but also through over work and jumping too much to young. If a horse has two curbs, one on each leg then it is usually down to a conformation error such as sickle/cow hocks and this is alot more serious, and can be a reacurring problem.

However a horse isnt usually lame when one developes and once it has gone hard it is purely a blemish that many stear clear is much like a splint in that way, once its hard it has very little relivance to a horses way of going and its ability to perform.

Hope that helps, I will try and find a pic for you.

Elz x
    08-01-2007, 03:12 PM
Isnt that just a wingall?

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