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    08-15-2011, 02:58 PM
ottbs, enlarged front 'ankles'

I forgot what the lady called it, but she is selling an ottb with this condition, she said its cause he raced a lot. She swears he is sound, will he stay that way? Thanks
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    08-15-2011, 06:44 PM
I'm guessing you mean the fetlocks (the joint) or the pasterns (below the joint/above the hoof)? It would be a lot of things with varying degrees of severity. Do you have any photos?

I would strongly suggest getting an impartial vet to do a prepurchase exam before you buy.
    08-15-2011, 08:38 PM
Yeah. I decided to not look further into the horse because he is a little farther away than I'd like, but I was still curious. I can't imagine it'd be a good thing later on down the road.

    08-15-2011, 10:41 PM
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If the enlargement is mostly on the front of the ankle joint they are called osselets. They usually do not give a horse any problems if he is moving sound after racing. You see them most often in race horses that have long and/or low pasterns (commonly known as 'coon-footed'). Many ex-race horses have them. If you are serious about buying this horse, I would have a couple of quick x-rays taken to make sure they are osselets and not bone chips that would need to be removed.
    08-15-2011, 11:27 PM
Yes! That is what she called them!
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