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post #1 of 15 Old 04-15-2011, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Hock Sores

My horse has hock sores that keep closing over and then re-opening. He is boarded and I do not have much control over the amount of bedding (it is wood-chips). He is tuned out in a pasture with a mix of grass and rocks daily. I have been putting an antiseptic cream on, and recently switched to a stronger formula as they are not improving. I am considering using hock boots.

Does anyone have any success stories with these types of sores?
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-15-2011, 11:24 AM
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I am baffled as to what is going on. What is causing these sores to continulously reoccur? Have you contacted a Vet? Maybe that'd be the best route to take, have a Vet come out and assess the situation to help you progress forward?

*scratches head* I've never even heard of this before...

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They sound like typical rub sores. I know you have no control over how your stall is bedded but you do not say how it is bedded. Deep or almost no bedding or some where in the middle?

They could also be from a horse rubbing on a wall (that is how my mare tends to get them). She stands too close to the wall and when she moves her leg to twitch off flies her hock rubs on the wall.
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Ooooh, rub sores makes sense. I was picturing holes like what Nelson ended up having...

Thanks for that Always! Rub sores.

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They sound like typical rub sores. I know you have no control over how your stall is bedded but you do not say how it is bedded. Deep or almost no bedding or some where in the middle?
that's what I was thinking. My horses live outside and have them but it's never been something that adversely affected them movement/soundness/pain wise. Is that happening here or do you just not like that your horse has them (which is understandable)?
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-15-2011, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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One is gotten deep and bleeds sometimes. Should he be ridden while he has these? He is not lame or anything.
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Can you take photos so we know we are talking about the right thing?


If they are not bothering the horse (the horse is not lame) I see no reason not to ride.
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I do not have pictures, but they are 2 dime sized circular areas on the side of each of his hocks. I looked up pics in other threads and they look exactly the same.
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If they are just bed sore type things then yes, riding is just fine.
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They aren't open wounds where liquid, puss, blood is coming out?

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