Hi, so I got a vet check on a horse just the other day and she's was passing all her tests until we came along to the flexion test. She was fine in all legs except her front left leg and even then it was only for a few paces after being made to trot on and then it disappeared. She is only 7 and hasn't had much heavy/hard work. The vet was telling us that she could be fine and have no lameness issues or it could escalate into a fully lame horse.
I was researching online and there is ALOT of speculation of these flexion horses. Most people believe that only the minority of horses will pass this test and the majority will fail. I had heard cases of horses being brought who failed this flexion test and they were never lame. I've heard people say that if that was us being hold in a crouch position and then asked to run off we would do the same because our joints would be sore, so it's really not a big deal and we are asking the horse to much by doing the flexion test. Others say if it's done by vets and it comes up positive then don't go near buying the horse. It's all quite confusing.
So I am wondering what are your thoughts on flexion tests? Have any of your horses had them and failed and you still went ahead and bought them? How did it turn out? I just would love to know more about it. Thanks :))))))