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    11-27-2011, 12:23 AM
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Hocks then Ulcers then what?

Thank you for taking the time to read my thread, because I'm just about ready to scream in frustration with the troubles my horse has been having.
To start with let me give you some bg info. My horse in question is a 7 year old Thoroughbred (unraced) and I've owned him since March. He's always been somewhat aggressive, and doesn't enjoy brushing, socializing with other horses (would rather eat them) nor does he enjoy riding.
We've had his hocks injected because there being insufficient fluids in the joints, and now have him on a supplement and an monthly injection (basically that is all taken care of)
He is entirely un-rideable, when we do attempt, he tries to bite either leg, occasionally rears, and attempts bucking (stopped by a firm hand on the reins) a month of re-building after the injection we thought would help with what we though was behavioral issues (brattyness) Well facts are he's still in pain and extremely girthy. To avoid the expensive scoping (in my area averaging one thousand or more) We are putting him on a Ulcer treatment, as well as an antiacid to help the healing and prevent flareups, however I'm not entirely convinced this is the solution to it all (I hope I'm wrong with those suspicions)
Basically my long drawn out question is
A) have you had horses with Ulcers before, and how did they act prior to treatment?
B) What other solutions you might suggest to look into if this in fact isn't the answer to all our prayers.
I really do appreciate everything!
     
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    11-27-2011, 01:37 AM
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Sounds to me like he has multiple issues and that, unfortunately, there may not be an easy fix. I'd start with a very thorough vetting. Are you just guessing at ulcers, or did the vet strongly suspect that?

As for the hocks, how is he bad enough at this age, particularly with never having been raced, to require all that maintenance? What monthly injection are you doing?
     
    11-27-2011, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Sounds to me like he has multiple issues and that, unfortunately, there may not be an easy fix. I'd start with a very thorough vetting. Are you just guessing at ulcers, or did the vet strongly suspect that?

As for the hocks, how is he bad enough at this age, particularly with never having been raced, to require all that maintenance? What monthly injection are you doing?
We're technically guessing (being there no veterinarian diagnosis officially) however to support our guess the symptoms are clear, and he shows most symptoms. I work with several trainers and although they haven't dealed with ulcers frequently in the past they all agree that it would be the most logical cause. I also work at a Veterinarian clinic, and my boss has looked into it for me and agrees.

As for his hocks, we're not sure what caused the problems, my vet didn't give me much of a conclusive reason nor did he give much of a physical to see if anything else was causing the pain. We're injecting him with Acetyl, and so far the injection seems to have solved that issue.
     
    11-27-2011, 10:13 PM
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Acetyl what? D-glucosamine? Are you injecting it directly in the joint that frequently? Because that concerns me about possible side effects and risks. I wonder if a monthly booster of IM Adequan or Legend wouldn't be the better option.
     
    11-27-2011, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Acetyl what? D-glucosamine? Are you injecting it directly in the joint that frequently? Because that concerns me about possible side effects and risks. I wonder if a monthly booster of IM Adequan or Legend wouldn't be the better option.
Its a glucosamine shot into the muscle once monthly.
     
    11-27-2011, 10:55 PM
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Gotcha. That makes far more sense. Hope you get some answers on the ulcer side.
     

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