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post #1 of 4 Old 07-05-2015, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Bench knee/ Offset knee

My 12 yr OTTB gelding has bench knee, no doubt from his granddaddy Seattle Slew. I've been finding out more info about this and have read that usually horses with offset knees need shoes to balance them out but he is barefoot and seems to not have any problems.

Having benchknee, and his middle-ish age, I started him on Select brand MSM. Is there any training, supplements, exercise that is recommended?

Another inquiry is I've read about with offset knees it puts more stress on the inside cannon bone. I generally ride him on trails and he works as a training horse; two 6 yr old twins are learning to ride on him. I had plans when I got him to do some beginner hunter-jumper on the side. Wanted to know if that is advised against with the offset knee as well as what other disciplines would be ideal for him to do.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-05-2015, 09:19 PM
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I know horses that are able to do their job well despite being bench kneed. It especially depends on the severity, a horse that is only slightly bench kneed should be able to do any job. However if a horse is very bench kneed it may prevent them from doing the job as well or for as long. It is mostly on a case to case basis to be perfectly honest.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-05-2015, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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So saddleseat, there is nothing I need to do specially for his knees? Enclosed is a pic of his knees. Not the best pic but hope it will do.
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My mare has offset knees and we have to regulate mild arthritis in them. She's only 11 and she was never worked hard in her life. I agree it is a case by case basis but the most I've ever seen her improve was when we expanded the pasture to include lots of hills, swampy holes, brush piles and generally rough terrain. She's barefoot, and her footing has improved tenfold after expanding the pasture. Her range of motion was very tight and very limited, I did stretched with her every day but it hardly helped. Now that she has to stretch and actually move instead of shuffling along she's steadily improving.
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