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post #1 of 5 Old 08-15-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 5 Old 08-15-2011, 05:44 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-15-2011, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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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.


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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.
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yes! that is what she called them!
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