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post #1 of 7 Old 07-07-2013, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hock popping while walking

Today Hunter started doing something I've never see before. When he took a step, his left hock would pop. Some steps were worse than others, sometimes it didn't seem to bother him too much and some steps he wasn't able to bear any weight and hopped off of it. I'm not sure if he will walk it off or if it's serious. I'd love to hear some others' thoughts on this!

For those that don't know much about Hunter, he's a 25 year old QH that does have arthritis in his left hock. He gets pentosan injections and corta flex with HA to control it.

The vet will be out to do routine shots tomorrow so she will take a look at him but I'd like to hear others opinions and maybe ease my mind a little!
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 09:00 AM
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It might be arthritis. When its cold out you can hear my mare's hock pop from across the arena. Sometimes it gets so bad she gets string-halt. Talk to the vet and see what they say.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-08-2013, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Vet doesn't know what's going on. He was 3-legged lame this morning. I had to fight him to get out of his stall and walk down the aisle to be seen. :(

Right now the vet wants to treat it as an abscess since there was a little swelling in the tendon sheath. She'd rather take a day or two trying this in case it's a quick and cheap fix. So he has his hoof wrapped, will have poultice on that leg, a standing wrap during the day on his good leg, and stall rest until the lameness is resolved. If he's not improving by tomorrow she will come back to see him Wednesday and look into x-rays, etc.

I really have a feeling it's not an abscess but I'm hoping it is so he's not in pain as long and he doesn't kill my wallet.

Please keep him in your thoughts!
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He has now looked sound at a walk since Thursday so my vet okayed me riding him at a walk today. He is definitely still off but don't know why.

Wrapped his foot Monday when vet was here, was sound Tuesday so didn't wrap again, just continued the poultice/ichthamol, lame Wednesday. Wrapped foot up again Wednesday-Friday and has *seemed* sound since Thursday am. He's had the poultice/ichthamol on his leg since Monday, as well as poultice or a standing wrap on his good leg all week.

He is still in good spirits, doesn't seem too painful, but yet feels way off when on him.

I swear his hock is popping when he walks but the vet didn't pay attention to this last week. Have any of y'all ever heard of this? I'm at a loss. I don't want to pay for x-rays and such if I don't need to, although I can dip into savings if its needed.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-14-2013, 07:16 PM
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My mare's hocks pop often. I was told it wasn't anything to worry about as long as she is sound.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-14-2013, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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I should've said earlier that it physically looks like its popping, you can't hear it.

He *seems* sound on the ground but I got on him today to see how he felt and immediately he felt off.
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