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    03-24-2012, 02:36 PM
Understanding Flexion Test Results

My TB is 16 this year and just got his first flexion test yesterday. He received a 1 minus and a 2 minus out of 5. He got his hocks injected. Can someone explain what these numbers signify? I am thinking really bad if 5 is good. Thanks!
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    03-24-2012, 03:07 PM
Flexion tests are a totally subjective thing and it is important for the owner to be present to ask the vet questions about what s/he is seeing. There are a lot of variables including footing, whether the horse its trotted off straight or on a circle, if the horse is ridden or led, etc, etc depending on just what lameness the vet is trying to pinpoint.
What were his hocks injected with? Is he on an adequan or legend regiment? Has he been diagnosed with osteoarthritis? Have you discussed treatment options with the vet?
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    03-24-2012, 04:33 PM
Thanks for the reply. He is diagnosed with arthritis. He is on monthly dose of Adequan. He was injected with Triamcinolone Acetate, Gentamicin and Legend. Although very subjective, do you know what the scores mean? I forgot to ask the vet. Thanks!
    03-24-2012, 04:57 PM
They are a subjective measure of how sound the horse trotted off. I have never gotten a formal report or score from a flexion test, always a verbal interpretation.
If the monthly Adequan is not adequate to keep his arthritis at bay I would also have a conversation with the vet about updating his program.

Good luck!
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    03-24-2012, 09:12 PM
Originally Posted by ChemE    
My TB is 16 this year and just got his first flexion test yesterday. He received a 1 minus and a 2 minus out of 5. He got his hocks injected. Can someone explain what these numbers signify? I am thinking really bad if 5 is good. Thanks!
It could be the other way as well. For example, in my mind, a perfect flexion test would be equal to 0, or no indication of lameness. In that case, a -1 and -2 would indicate a mild positive reaction to the flex test (not trotting out completely sound after the flex).

Can't figure out how there could be 5 levels of "soundness" after a flex test..it is either positive for lameness and a negative score to indicate degree of that lameness or no lameness present.

:)..you might need to ask the vet for the technical clarification.

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