Originally Posted by 1322271927queen
Whats nerve blocking? There's a horse at my barn who is very old and use to be stadium jumper before my instructor got him. He has all kinds of problems now with his feet and is pretty arthritic too. My instructor said he can't feel anything when he injures himself because of a procedure that was done on him while he was still a jumper to block any pain he felt in his hooves. She said they cut some nerves. Is this nerve blocking? She also mentioned a test the vet did in his legs to look for some kind of liquid but the bone?/tendon?/joint? Was completely hollow which was really bad. I think she was talking about hock injections but I'm not sure. I know hock injections can help a horse with arithritis in their hocks but my instructor implied that a particular kind of hock injection actually damages the joint in the long run.
What you are describing is a neurectomy. It is a procedure done under general anesthesia where a veterinary surgeon goes in and removes a portion of the palmar digital nerve. It removes sensation to the heel area of the hoof. It is not a cure. The horse can no longer feel the heel, so it does not *appear* to be lame. While the horse experiences pain relief from this procedure, it still needs experienced care for its hooves.