Developed/Ossified Sidebone?

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    04-07-2008, 07:29 AM
Developed/Ossified Sidebone?


I am wondering if a horse can compete to a high level after developing sidebone? If it has now ossified (gone hard) and never caused lameness can the horse again do what a competition horse does (eg eventing/hunter trial/hunting/etc) without repercussions from having sidebone?

Also anybody out there with horses with sidebone?

Many thanks,

Elz x
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    04-08-2008, 12:25 PM
That is a question for a vet who has actually seen the horse, examined the leg and watched the horse move. Sometimes sidebone causes no pain issues and sometimes it does. If this is a horse you are looking at, I would highly recommend getting a good prepurchase exam and discussing your intended use of the horse with the vet so that he/she can help decide whether or not this is going to be possible with this particular horse.
    04-08-2008, 12:54 PM
Hey it was just a question that was raised between friends and I wanted to see what others thought?

There are no specifics just the simple question:-

Can and DO horses with sidebone (that has ossified and causes no lameness)compete to high levels?

Many thanks,

Elz x
    04-08-2008, 05:00 PM
As Ryle said, the consequences of sidebone can be variable, although it's pretty rare that they cause any pain/lameness. If your horse has been cleared as sound by your vet, then I'd go ahead and work him to the highest level he can/you want to. Obviously, keep a close eye on him for signs of lameness, but I don't think you'll have a problem.
    04-09-2008, 07:01 AM
Thanks guys! I didnt see any problem with competing to a high level with a horse with sidebone (keeping a good eye on it!), its upto the horse and the rider how far they will go so I shall let the others know your thoughts!


Elz x

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