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post #1 of 12 Old 08-09-2013, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hocks covered in sores?

My mare has sores all over her hocks, probably 5 or 6 on each. Has anyone ever experienced this before? What could it be from?

I will post a picture tomorrow when I get home from the barn.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-09-2013, 01:43 AM
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They are probably pressure sores from laying on either hard ground or on abrasive bedding like some shavings.




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post #3 of 12 Old 08-09-2013, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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She is in a pasture with hard dirt ground, so that probably could be it. The thing is there are so many, and all in different places.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-09-2013, 02:10 AM
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Sounds like scratches or mud fever to me.
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Isn't that typically in the lower portion of the leg?
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I would guess they are from laying on the ground, also. Over the years, I've noticed that our mares will get scrapes like this when they are getting up from resting on the ground. Watching them, it appears to happen while they are shifting their hind legs under them after they have pushed up with their front legs, scraping that bottom, hind leg on the ground/rocks/etc.

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Two of my four horses used to get hock sores.

One has an injured vertebra, the other has hock/ankle arthritis.

Meaning, they both have some sort of "structural" issue that keeps them from getting up exactly like they should.

Mine come in at night. I put 4" - 6" inches of crush in their stalls, mats, and changed the brand of shavings I was using.

Some or all of that got rid of their hock sores and that was three years ago.

With your horse being outside all the time, it's tough because you can't really wrap her. You could try putting a thick antibiotic cream or ointment on them and see if that helps.

I doubt she has Scratches as that starts at the bottom and works it way up the leg. You should be seeing little sores in the fetlock joint, all the way up the legs.

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-09-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you(: I actually bet they are from laying down, although I've never seen her down unless she's rolling.

I got some pictures today, and will attach them. Sorry she was wet, I had just hosed her down. Also I outlined the sores in red, and posted the original picture too incase it's needed.
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I would also guess pressure sores from laying on hard/abrasive ground. Also, she may have a bit of a perpetuating problem with itchiness there. The sores that are from the ground start to heal a little and begin to itch so she scratches her hocks on something to relieve the itch...but the scratching causes the already present sores to get worse and maybe even makes some new ones.

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Oh and here's a picture of her from today(:
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