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    02-04-2012, 07:19 PM
Swollen Hock

My mare is on a regular 4 day a week training program. I am using a balance trainer for 15-20 minutes at a walk and trot and then I ride her with a bareback pad for 15 min. At a walk and trot in an indoor riding arena with nice footing.

Five days ago, we noticed that she had some swelling on the inside part of her right hock. She could walk on it, there hasn't been heat in the area, and if you touch it she does not act like she is in pain.

We take her out to walk her in the indoor twice a day, cold hose her twice a day and give her bute. When I asked her to trot on the lunge today, she dragged that leg and tripped bc it must hurt to bend like that or to push off with it.

I am wondering if anyone can suggest anything else I can do... to help her.
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    02-04-2012, 07:36 PM
Just swollen, no bump, scratches, breaks in the skin?
    02-05-2012, 05:39 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Just swollen, no bump, scratches, breaks in the skin?
Wares..thinking maybe the start of a capped hock?
    02-05-2012, 07:15 PM
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    02-05-2012, 07:23 PM
We use Absorbine mixed with a little water and massage the hock following the direction of the hair. Apply firm pressure with the heels of your hands. Do this twice daily for about 10 min. Each time. It encourages blood flow. Don't make her stand in a stall, movement, even slowly is better than her standing around. It could be the start of a bog spavin, a collection of synovial fluid in the hock area, to the side, not on the cap of the hock. Administering bute is not a good idea unless the horse shows definite signs of pain not just a little discomfort.
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    02-05-2012, 08:07 PM
Bute can mask mild pain, so I wouldn't use it unless she is in obvious discomfort. If she doesn't show pain, I would continue to at least walk her every day. If she doesn't get better soon, I'd swing her by the vet to make sure it isn't something serious.
    02-05-2012, 08:08 PM
Another tip is to not give bute before you go to the vet. You want the vet to see exactly whats going on it there.
    02-11-2012, 07:14 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Just swollen, no bump, scratches, breaks in the skin?

As it turns out, as the swelling went down, it revealed a cut. We are treating that now and Princess is now doing much better!

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