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    09-25-2013, 05:50 PM
Hock Problems

In the end of May/June, my horse came up lame. After an inital lameness check, the vet I was using thought she might have pulled a muscle. After a couple days of banamine and a couple months of rest (only hand walking) she's still lame. I had another vet out today, who's coming back on Monday to take x-rays. She thinks she's very sore in both her hocks (left especially). Obviously, w/o a full on exam we can't tell for sure, but she seemed to think there's not much we'd be able to do to make her sound enough to ride again. She's only 6.

Mostly I want to prep and educate myself as much as possible before the vet comes on Monday. I'm just wondering what sort of conditions/injuries could cause hock severe hock soreness in such a young horse? It's not like she's just a little sore if you ride. She can't/won't move forward under saddle, but gets around ok for the most part when she's turned out. She's a tough horse, so she could just be masking it well when she's out on her own.
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    09-25-2013, 08:44 PM
What is her training background? Certain disciplines and rigorous training can cause arthritis to set in in a young horse. I hope the vet will have good news and she is able to be sound again soon.
    09-25-2013, 09:14 PM
If it is only in the lower hocks, once they fuse, the horse should go sound again.

There are different methods to encourage fusion. Some require surgery. One requires injecting the hocks with ethyl alcohol which will destroy the cartilage and cause fusion.

There is another method that involves cutting the cunean tendon which runs across the hock. It should encourage fusion. The person I know who had it done said her horse went sound and has stayed sound without needing injections or expensive maintenance.

My mare has a mystery lameness issue. I've been reading up on different options depending on what is wrong. The vet is due on Friday to do blocks to locate the issue.

Make sure your vet does blocks (either nerve blocks or joint blocks). I've already spent over $800 (tried injections without doing blocks and it was money wasted).
    09-25-2013, 10:26 PM
I'm not entirely sure of her training background. The lady who had her before only had her a year. Before that she was owned by an old cowboy. Not sure where in the hock she's hurting yet. She was very sensitive in the whole area ( and tried to kick when the vet put pressure on her. Which is not usual for her). Hopefully the x-rays will do the trick in finding just what's up.

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