What To Expect With Hock Injections?

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    02-20-2014, 10:22 PM
What To Expect With Hock Injections?

I have a 4 yo mustang gelding that may need a hock injection. He is lame on his right hind and had some positive on his flexion test at the hock. X-ray showed minor changes in the lower joint of the hock. He's currently on rest to see if that improves whatever the issue is but if not effective, vet said he may need hock injections. I know there are risks and am curious what to expect. I would love to hear about your experiences and thoughts. Thank you!
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    02-20-2014, 10:31 PM
My horse has bone spavin, although it's fused, I do get hock injections done, vet mixed Legend with something else, sorry can't remember. My horse was never lame but he just didn't move out as well as he usually did, even more so before the joint fused itself. He seems to be totally back to normal and I get the hock injections done just before show season starts in the spring as it was recommended by the vet. It's been all good so far. Only negative thing I can think of is that is costs $200 and I have to haul 3 hours to the equine vet clinic to have it done.
    02-20-2014, 10:37 PM
Is there rest after the injections? How does the process work? Are they sore afterward, etc?
    02-20-2014, 10:45 PM
No rest, in fact, since most hock injections are for arthritic type problems, which bone spavin is a form of, work, work & more work is the follow up treatment. My horse wasn't sore at all, he was worked normally the following day.
    02-20-2014, 10:49 PM
My vet advises 3 days of stall rest with light turn-out or handwalking. From there you can begin slowly building up riding again. You don't want to start with a super heavy work-out right from the start, although with some horses the workout routine never changes. My mare just got her hocks done Monday so I'll be riding her again come Sunday. She's been off for the past two months though due to a supposed trauma to her hip/butt. She's gotten her hocks done every year, but this is my first year with her & having them done. I can tell a considerable difference from how she rode in the spring based on now.
    02-20-2014, 10:52 PM
I stand corrected, sorry confused the Legend IV with the hock injections, yes a few days rest was recommended to prevent infection at the injection site as a precaution, but after that, it was work work & more work.
    02-22-2014, 05:17 PM
Hock injections last anywhere from a 3 to 9 months with most lasting around 6. I have heard of horses lasting as long as 12 months on them. Be aware that a recent study conducted by a vet school (cornell I think but I am not 100% sure of) indicated that up to 25% of joint injections don't go into the joint and are thus "not therapeutic" which means you may have to try inject again to get the effect. If he has never had them done they will probably start with depo (a steroid). In the future, they may move to HA or hylaronic acid (which in theory repairs and protects the joint). I am not a vet but that is what I have seen. It tends to be a once they are on them they need them for maintenance forever.
    02-24-2014, 06:02 PM
Joint injections have relatively low risks. Obviously infection is the number one complication, but if done correctly, very rarely happens.

We usually recommend three days off along with a gram of bute once daily until the horse returns back to normal work. Longevity of the injections usually differ with each horse. Older horses, or cutting/reining horses who use their hocks substantially every day may need them before or at 3 months. Other horses can go upwards of 9 months. I hope the rest improves your boy and you don't have to mess with them :)
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    02-25-2014, 02:08 AM
My horse gets HA + cortisone hock injections (lower joints only) every 4-6 months. He takes 3 days off after each injection and they reach full effectiveness about 2-3 weeks later. The first time I noticed a positive difference, but it wasn't exactly earth-shattering. After that first time the difference was massive - like getting a new horse and it changed not only his way of going, but his attitude. I was very hesitant to inject and saw it as a last resort, but after seeing the way it has improved his quality of life and our ability to work together I think it's the best thing I can do for him.
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    02-25-2014, 03:32 PM
The vet saw a bone spur and minor changes in the lower joint. He's on rest for another week and then we evaluate. Vet said would be an HA and steroid combo. Everyone keeps saying he's so young to start injections. I seen the Back on Track Hock wraps and may try those too. Chiropractor is coming out Friday and hopefully that will shed some insight too. But my concern is that everyone keeps saying once you start it will be forever. I'm not sure if that's good or bad...but my biggest concern is how long will forever be? Will it be that because he's young his soundness will be shorter in the long term? That's why I purchased a younger horse was so we could have a longer road together. (I have had 2 horses before with lameness issues and this is my 3rd so really was hoping for a healthy horse.) I bought him to be a trail horse and his lameness showed up during his circling exercises with his training. Additionally, everyone keeps saying that's a lot of $ to spend on a horse when there's so many out there. While we have our financial challenges like everyone else, if he will remain sound well into his senior, I'm not opposed if we can make it work. So, I guess what I'm asking is if you have seen your horses remain sound until what would be considered more average retirement age?
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