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  • Barrel horses and hock injections
  • Severe hock arthritis horse- what to do?

 
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    07-27-2011, 02:59 PM
  #1
Foal
Talking Hocks

So I have a barrel horse and he is 12. I just bought him and I do show pretty hard. He hasn't been shown a ton in the past couple years but I've already been to a few shows with him. I know this is the age when barrel horses start getting arthritis and needing hock injections. He is a little stiff in the hind end but when he is warmed up, he loosens up. Since the season is nearing its end, we aren't going to do hock injections this year but next year we will if needed. What things can I do before/after running him to make him more comfortable?

I already hose his hocks and use Sore no More linament.

Thanks!!
     
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    07-28-2011, 05:30 PM
  #2
Foal
Bump.


Anyone?
     
    07-28-2011, 06:39 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Fiinx    
bump.


Anyone?

Is the horse currently barefoot on the hinds and, if yes, do you intend to keep him that way?

Are you sure the trouble is in the hocks?

Cheers,
Mark
     
    07-28-2011, 08:28 PM
  #4
Foal
Yes I do know it is in the hocks as at this age most all barrel horses unless they are shown rarely develope arthritis in the hocks and the knees. Our 11year old has severe arthritis and are 9 year old is already getting arthritis. He does have shoes on the front and back feet.

Im just looking for ways to keep him comfortable.
     
    07-28-2011, 10:48 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Fiinx    
Yes I do know it is in the hocks as at this age most all barrel horses unless they are shown rarely develope arthritis in the hocks and the knees. Our 11year old has severe arthritis and are 9 year old is already getting arthritis. He does have shoes on the front and back feet.

Im just looking for ways to keep him comfortable.

Okay. Hocks are a tough problem and, as you know, there is no cure for arthritis. Still, there are some things that can assist.

A good place to start is a pair of perimeter fit half-rounds on the hind feet. It's a general purpose solution that helps a lot of them move a bit cleaner. Once you start down this road you may find yourself making compromises between keeping the horse comfortable and maintaining traction. Go with a wider webbed half round on deep footing and a thinner web for harder footing. Don't square the toe... leave it blunted. You might have to live with some twist at the foot to reduce torque at the hock.

Cheers,
Mark
     
    07-28-2011, 11:20 PM
  #6
Green Broke
He may benefit from a little bute on his bad days-after his workout.
     
    07-28-2011, 11:53 PM
  #7
Super Moderator
Start him on Adequan or Ledgend injections and KEEP him on them. Adequan is IM. Ledgend is IV. Both are prescription drugs but are very effective. These ARE NOT joint injections.

Once you start a horse on them, you should keep them on them. Both help the horse keep good lubrication within the joints and can delay major arthritic changes for several years in some horses.

You can also use a joint supplement like Cosequin or Fortaflex. A lot of people swear by them. Personally I would use the injections first and would do both or either before I went to Cortisone and/or Halyuronic Acid joint injections.

Get this horse over hurting now. The longer you run him with pain issues, the more prone he is to getting arena sour or will start blowing barrels. Bute is a poor substitute to actually treating joints and actually speeds up drying out joints which in turn speeds up arthritic changes.

I would use a good lameness Vet that specializes in barrel horses, reiners or cutting horses. THEY are the hock and stifle joint experts.
     
    07-29-2011, 12:19 AM
  #8
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cherie    
Start him on Adequan or Ledgend injections and KEEP him on them. Adequan is IM. Ledgend is IV. Both are prescription drugs but are very effective. These ARE NOT joint injections.

Once you start a horse on them, you should keep them on them. Both help the horse keep good lubrication within the joints and can delay major arthritic changes for several years in some horses.

You can also use a joint supplement like Cosequin or Fortaflex. A lot of people swear by them. Personally I would use the injections first and would do both or either before I went to Cortisone and/or Halyuronic Acid joint injections.

Get this horse over hurting now. The longer you run him with pain issues, the more prone he is to getting arena sour or will start blowing barrels. Bute is a poor substitute to actually treating joints and actually speeds up drying out joints which in turn speeds up arthritic changes.

I would use a good lameness Vet that specializes in barrel horses, reiners or cutting horses. THEY are the hock and stifle joint experts.
All valid council and worth heeding.

Cheers,
Mark
     
    08-01-2011, 12:21 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cherie    
I would use a good lameness Vet that specializes in barrel horses, reiners or cutting horses. THEY are the hock and stifle joint experts.

My farrier actually specializes in lameness. He also is a veterinarian. He does our xrays and everything. We have never had a lame horse using him.

We do also use cosequin because that is what he told us to use and I have also heard many great things about it.

Thank-you!
     
    08-02-2011, 02:22 PM
  #10
Foal
My OTTB has hock issues, we had his hocks injected four years ago and haven't had to do it since. We've done the Adequan I M shot series every spring and it works wonders! Really made the injections last. We don't do the once a month maintenance shot of the Adequan, as I've been told by several vets it is not enough to have an effect. Also, regular joint supplements year round will help too. But I highly recommend Adequan!!! Smartpak has it for a relatively low price with free shipping
     

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