Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
Different shavings - deeper may help but my money is on changing shavings.
I say that from first-hand experience with two horses.
The mats are a step in the right direction but when I changed shavings from that cheap-smelly-rotten stuff from my TSC and started buying Calloway shavings (at the same price as the smelly ones) from the local feed store, the hock sores disappeared on both horses.
I had been blaming their hock sores on both of them having arthritis and being in their 20's. Since I changed shavings three years ago, neither of these horses has had hock sores.
I only bed them about 3 inches deep - 4 inches max because the less shavings, the easier it is for either of them to get up.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't go for deeper shavings but I sure would change shavings companies and see what happens. If it's the type of shavings, you should see healing in less than two weeks.
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.