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post #1 of 5 Old 04-28-2015, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Bucked Shins?

I recently have been doing some horse shopping, and looking at a lot of Ottbs. I've noticed a LOT of ex-racers have bucked shins. I know bucked shins are common in young horses worked too hard, and its a calcification of the cannon bone. My question is, what is the prognosis for a horse with old bucked shins? will they ever "buck" again? Can these horses have a full recovery? Are there any special leg boots or wraps you should use on a horse with bucked shins? Thank you for any information, just curious
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-28-2015, 09:22 PM
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There was a study done of race trained two year olds. ALL of them buck their shins.. it is part of the remodeling process that is required for the bones to develop sufficient density to withstand race training. HOW BADLY they buck their shins is based on the way the trainer brings them along and how they are conformation wise.

Older horses not being raced do not typically buck their shins. Once a horse has bucked their shins they typically do not do so again. This does not mean never.. it is just not typical.
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I wouldn't be worried about the 'bucked skins' specifically - that of itself doesn't tend to cause other issues, and should make the horse's cannons stronger, if anything. But I'd be looking at what else is wrong with a horse who has been worked young & hard to have significant remodelling. Specifically hoof, fetlock, back(esp lumbar & sacral) and hocks.

Oh & elbows. Check the elbows too, for arthritic changes.
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I googled it, images. not knowing what bucked shins meant.
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Thanks guys! Hmm, that's interesting. It almost looks like a bowed tendon, only on the front. But it's just extra bone.
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