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post #1 of 3 Old 11-10-2012, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Solid Muscle?

So, new horse at the barn. Rode her yesterday. W/T maybe 4 strides of a canter up the long side of the ring.

She's VERY green broke. While walking, we noticed her left hock was stiff. Not even stiff, just that it looked like something was keeping it from extending/contracting fully.

Got off and looked at her.

Pictures tomorrow hopefully.

Right on outside of the hock is a little lump. Well, oval lump. It's a little squishy. Felt up the rest of the leg. Leading to it feels like a muscle made of rock. It ends (from where I can feel) at the hock and starts (also where I can feel) almost at the top of her butt.

I know there are large muscles there, could that be from over use of that muscle?

Vet is coming to check, but I wanted to know why a muscle could feel like a rock? Literally, no give. AT ALL. Thanks!!

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Various reasons for a msucle to spasm.. but in the hind quarters my first thought is to ask if she has any history of tying up? College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Health Center

The soft spot on her hock sounds like a bog spavin.. and those are typically not a big issue unless there is heat with it and in that case the boggy hock may be going over to a bone spavin (also not the end of the world unless the horse is in high level competition).
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We're very unsure of her history.
She was supposedly sent to reining school and had 8 foals.
She's 11.
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