Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
Actually, yes OCD is a developmental problem but having had the surgery to fix it does not mean that he'll remain sound. As he is a free horse I say go for it, but I would never pay much for a horse who'd had a repair. The prognosis long term is variable depending on the extent of the OCD lesion, how long it was left before repair, and whether or not there was other joint involvement. We always give a guarded prognosis on horses who have this surgery at our hospital. Some do wonderfully and have a competitive life. Others go lame at the drop of a hat once they return to work. Like I said, he's free (and we all know just how much a free horse can cost us in the long run right? Haha!) so you wouldn't be out much if he ended up not being useable, and you just might get a great horse out of the deal! All the best.