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post #1 of 7 Old 02-01-2013, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hock Injections??

I'm looking at a horse for buy, a off the track thoroughbred gelding who is 6. After e-mailing the owner I found out he gets hock injections once or twice a year.

My question is; can hock injections be used for prevention or in the case that the horse is doing heavy work (eventing in this case) and the worry of them having hock pain.

Also, if a horse has had hock injections should they be continued?

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-01-2013, 04:16 PM
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I personally don't like hock injections. They will prevent pain, but in the end will just end up hurting the horse, so if you can, discontinue them. People use them alot when showing in bigger shows, but I don't like them.

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-01-2013, 04:21 PM
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If a horse is only 6 y/o and getting hock injections, run the other way. FAST.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-01-2013, 04:21 PM
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Not all hock injections are bad for the horse, sometimes they are just replacing lost joint fluid in older horses...that being said, twice yearly hock injections in a six year old are a big red flag.....that is really quite young to be needing that sort of maintenance...I would consider Adequan or Legend more in the preventative category than actually injecting the joint.

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-01-2013, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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I have just asked the owner, hopefully I will get a straight answer on why he gets hock injections.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-01-2013, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Apparently he gets sore jumping novice height.

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-01-2013, 04:54 PM
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At least they were honest. Time to look at horses who DON'T need hock injections at such a young age.

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