Bleeding hocks, help!
My 15hh gelding has a really awkward way of lying in the stable, well as long as hes comfy, I dont mind that. The thing is he also gets up awkwardly and he got a scab on his hock about a month ago. Because he gets up this way all the time he keeps taking the scab off and it never has time to heel :(. It doesnt bleed much, just leaves the flesh exposed so I spray some antiseptic in it. He sleeps on his right ride, so it is the right hock that it worst although he does have a little one on his left hock too, I think this must be from getting up in the field as it has been very dry lately.
Should I get some hock boots for him to wear in the stable? or bandage them up maybe? I work him quite a bit so I dont want to stiffen him up too much, so are they better off left alone?
Opinions please! Also would like to know if you have experianced anything simular.
You know, I dont know what you are seeing and whatnot. Here is what I would do if it were me. If this is a persistent thing, check the stall he is in. Make sure there isnt something exposed that would keep ripping the scab off. I would probably wrap it at night when he is stalled as long as there is a scab on it. You really dont want to keep it wrapped because air is good for it. Try not to keep it moist and maybe talk to your vet to see if there is something to help it heal quicker. You dont need to pay the vet to come out.. just over the phone help. There has to be something out there to keep it from ripping open all the time. Good luck and as long as it doesnt seem to bother your horse it should be fine.
thank you, I will try wrapping it up at night, I think what does it is the concrete floor and he scrapes his hock on that.
My horse does the same thing when she is in the stall, only in the summer time. It never bleeds its just raw.
If you keep him bedded down deeper it may help. I know exactly what you are describing - this happened during the winter this year when we ran out of shavings. There was a huge shortage in our area. When we got the new load we bedded everything deep and the scabs went away.
shesinthbarn- thanks maybe that will help! only problem is he sleeps with his butt off the bed and onthe floor, silly pony :s
mpleasance- usually it is just raw/red with a bit of tissue fluid, but when the scab freshly comes off it bleeds a little.
gotta confess, the way i found the scab was when i was curry coming him and i couldnt see the scab under the mud, i ending up taking it off with a chunk of mud and it made him flinch, poor boy. i put antiseptic on it straight away but ever since it has been a little tempermental to heel.
there is this odd looking rubber thing that people buckle around the hocks at night. I don't know what it's called so I can't figure out how to search it. I remember a horse from when I boarded at Quantico that used to wear them for that very reason. I'll try to search them...
Is it this http://www.horsetackinternational.co...-boil-boot.JPG
thats a shoe boil boot if thats what your talking about.
or a hock boot http://www.horsetackinternational.co...-hock-boot.JPG
i geuss that is it... so I was wrong? I saw a number of braces you can get but... don't know?
A shoe boil boot is to prevent or protect a shoe boil.
They get them from laying down and their shoes driving into them. I don't think that would help your hocks, I would go for the hock boot, but get a second opinion because i'm not 100% sure. I think they are for applying hot and cold though
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