My 8 y.o. Horse just got diagnosed with hock arthritis 11 days ago. X Ray confirmed.
Apparently he's probably had it for years. He was lame all last year, two vets, several thoughts of why he was lame, and a chiro later, we still didn't have a clue as to what was going on.
I finally found a lameness specialist and he knew within the first minute of why he was lame.
I definitely see the stiffness and the inability to flex in his hinds, but, it's his fronts that are so hard to move. He walks like he's drunk, very hard to make turns and to go downhill.
I am looking at any and all info I can gather on what to expect, what helped, hurt, how you dealt with it etc.
I have the xrays, but, I have no idea what % the fusion is at.
My horse is VERY lame in the fronts. My vet said this is normal. I understand about the balancing etc I suppose to a certain degree. I would be especially interested if anyone else's horse had front lameness due to hock arthritis.
My vet gave him hock injections, started him on glucosamine, msm mix, bute for 7 days and put him on previcox (Used in dogs for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis) and told me to start exercising him in two weeks. Well, so far he is still too lame to exercise.
I do have the same vet coming back here again Wed. But, if you have any helpful insights I would really appreciate it.