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post #1 of 4 Old 07-22-2010, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Hocks!

I used to own a quarter horse mare whose hocks were fused together. We gave her to a friend and now she basically lives out in a pasture. I am pretty sure she isn't in work, at least not regular work. My question is about her jumping with fused hocks. I have heard mixed answers w=to this question and just wanted your opinion. Because her hocks are completely fused now is she okay to jump? and if so approximately how high?

Another question about her doesn't really fit into the horse heath category but since I am writing about her I will ask it. She used to be very spooky at large bushes and thick trees that she couldn't see through. This is an example:

It was very hard to ride her in this ring because she would always be spooking at the trees. I even fell off her because she spooked at the trees once. What is a good way to kick that bad habit of fearing trees?

Thanks so so much!
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-23-2010, 10:51 AM
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Your hock question is one for your vet. I assume you had x-rays to determine the hocks are indeed fused...... My now 18 year old QH has fused hocks and the vet suggested based on his condition that hacking over little cross poles would be fine but nothing any higher. We used to jump to 3 feet.

Regarding the bushes and trees.... 1) have her eyesb checked. 2) Keep riding her where she spooks, with constant work in the ring and she'll get over it.
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Your main question, as already stated, should be addressed by a veterinarian.

As for the spooking at tree's - ride her in and around tree's daily. The only way she is going to come around to understanding that the tree's aren't going to eat her, or things in the tree's, is by exposing her to them on a regular, consistant, steady, patient basis.

Find people to trail ride with, get out there and learn how to ride with a deep solid seat, and go.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-23-2010, 11:47 AM
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Know nothing about fused hocks, but with the shying-I used to take them thru what was scaring them-now I work them elsewhere and let them rest where they are scared. They soon learn it is ok.

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