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    11-02-2010, 10:56 PM
Strange texture on horse's legs

On my new horse's cannon bones, just below his knee down to his fetlock joint, there are strange dots all the way around. His previous owners said "Those are from 'that laser thing' they did" and I just kind of brushed it off. I'll try to get pictures but for now, does this sound familiar to anyone? :/ He doesn't seem to be bothered as far as lame/sore.

PS, I googled "Horse laser treatment" to see if I could find info/a picture and this photo appeared:

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    11-02-2010, 11:20 PM
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You're not talkin' bot fly eggs, are you? But they are tiny and maybe not now, too cold.
    11-02-2010, 11:25 PM
White dots? In a vertical line going down or around horizontally? Was he ever on the track? Possibly cyro (spelling?). Pics?
    11-02-2010, 11:28 PM
Nope, not bot fly eggs. Cyro... Chiro? Like chiropractor? No, they're not white. They're the black, just like his legs. I will get pictures tomorrow. I keep forgetting. They're like lumps almost... going straight up and down and around, yes. He was raced several years ago, too :)
    11-02-2010, 11:33 PM
Okay! So I found a photo of him and cropped out just his legs. You can kinda see the lumps/dots in this photo. And, after observing some other photos, it only looks like they're on the front of his cannon bones, which could be good, because if laser surgery WAS done on him (for an injury), that means his tendons weren't a problem (?). But, it could be bad, because that means his BONES were a problem (?). Any input would be great.
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    11-02-2010, 11:37 PM
Not white? Small then -- instead of cyro (freezing) maybe pin firing? Common on track horses. I tried to find an image on the 'net but no luck yet. Only found freeze-firing so far.
    11-02-2010, 11:43 PM
Whoops, we posted at the same time. Looks like freeze-firing to me. Too big to be pin-firing from what I've been told. All my off-track horses have had it. All were fine except one has really badly bowed tendons and I can't work her in circles too much.

I can't really see the tendon area very well in that picture. Are the tendons bowed at all? I suspect this won't cause an issue with your horse. But keep an eye/hand on the area after working. If any heat, you may need to adjust your workout schedule.
    11-02-2010, 11:52 PM
Here is an old thread where, about half-way down, I posted pictures of my mare Lisa. Note though that I incorrectly identified some of the marks as being from pin-firing. I have since found that pin firing doesn't leave such large scars, but literally little pin marks. White Flecks

Keep in mind that those pictures were probably within a year of the firing being done. The fur has darkend somewhat over the scar area, but in her case still appears at least grey. My other mare has been fired also, but it doesn't stand out nearly so much.
    11-02-2010, 11:55 PM
He has them on BOTH front legs. Here's some photos... hope they help! Better ones tomorrow, I promise!
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    11-03-2010, 08:20 AM
Is he off-the-track? Cause that looks like cryo-firing to me.

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