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post #1 of 6 Old 01-25-2013, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hock Sores?

My gelding is stalled up at night, and I've noticed he is starting to have a patch on the back of his hock where the hair is coming off...It is not a scab, but more of just a spot where the hair is getting rubbed off. It reminds me of what baby horses get when they lay down in a stall frequently.. Any suggestions for how to help it go away? I have seen the neoprene hock wraps that you can put on to help prevent this, but I would rather find another solution than making him wear a hock bandage every night...Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-25-2013, 02:11 PM
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Deeper bedding
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Use more bedding. If possible use wood shavings or straw, and not that awful pelleted stuff.
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Ok, I will try deeper bedding. I should've mentioned, he has rubber mats with wood shavings on top. But I will try more bedding!
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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.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-25-2013, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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k thanks!
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