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post #1 of 12 Old 01-08-2018, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hock Injury (Bruise?)

Hi There,

On jan 1st Zephyr knocked his hock while walking over a solid metal bar while we were out for a ride.
He was immediately very lame but after I led him for a bit he became OK enough to ride him back to the float (about 1/2 hour walk)
When I got him home I poulticed him with a clay poultice.
He hasn't been very lame and is hardly lame at all now - certainly wasn't lame a couple of days ago when he was galloping around bucking and hooning with the others, however after that display the swelling has come up again.
I have been poulticing every day and haven't ridden him since this as I am waiting for the swelling to go down.
I can flex his hock up and back with no problem so I am certain there is no bone involved.
My questions are...
1. Do you think that because the swelling has come up again I should get a vet out to take a look?
2. Do you think, as I do, that it is probably just a bruise that will take a couple of weeks to resolve?

Bear in mind that he is a HUGE sook who is really enjoying the attention and the poultices. I have also caught him trotting around when he thought I wasn't there, using his big powerful trot with NO hint of lameness and yet when i turned up he immediately slowed to a stilted walk as he came up to me (I kid you not)

I attach some photys taken soon after the injury, I include one of him deliberatley holding his leg out at a weird angle to show me (he doesn't stand like this normally even with this injury) and of him 'showing' me his injury.
Thanks so much
Cheers

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-09-2018, 08:48 AM
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Always has it "ON" for the camera. Love, love, love him! Sorry he injured his hock. I personally would get the vet out and would request films as a just in case but that is me having dealt with hairline fractures in a hock that was kicked by another horse. We had intermittent swelling and lameness after the initial swelling went down and assumed bad bruise. We had cold hosed 2 to 3x a day and used an arnica rub. After the vet came out and did xrays we left him with just the cold hose, continued rub (vet added to that) with wrapping adding gentle range of motion. After that when the swelling hadn't come back for (I don't remember - maybe 10 days to two weeks) how ever long we started physical therapy.
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I can flex his hock up and back with no problem so I am certain there is no bone involved.
Just because you can flex his hock, that does NOT mean bone is not involved. Horses can have bone fractures and still bear weight on a leg and flex for an exam. You will need to do an x-ray (at the minimum) to see if there is any bone problem.


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My questions are...
1. Do you think that because the swelling has come up again I should get a vet out to take a look?
I would absolutely have a qualified lameness vet look at my horse if they were lame and had a swollen hock.
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-09-2018, 11:15 AM
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"Just because you can flex his hock, that does NOT mean bone is not involved. Horses can have bone fractures and still bear weight on a leg and flex for an exam. You will need to do an x-ray (at the minimum) to see if there is any bone problem."

^^^^^This. My original line of thought matched yours Merlot then I found out different.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-09-2018, 02:00 PM
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Depending on how lame and the mechanism of injury, I usually give it about 3 days before I call in a vet. You've given it more than that so I think at this point it's worth the call. Hopefully it's just a really good bruise but just to be safe... I am going to climb on the x-ray bandwagon.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-09-2018, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much, I will get the vet out. I lunged him yesterday to see if he was lame - absolutely no sign of lameness at walk, trot or canter.
I had always assumed that if you could flex a joint there would be no fracture - thank you for putting me right on that! (DOH!)
and yes QtrBel, Zephyr has not changed one bit - still a total clown...
Here he is thinking about whether he can be arsed actually getting up for a ride or not...
(He is going beautifully)

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post #7 of 12 Old 01-11-2018, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Had the vet out today, we xrayed and thank gerd there is no sign of any damage to the bones
So, I will start him back in work on Sunday - walking only for a few weeks as she thinks there is a wee sprain.
So relieved I did this, I'll post the xrays when I get them in a few days
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Glad of the update. Thankful there is no damage to bone. Hoping that wee sprain gives you no issue and he heals well.
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-17-2018, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Still waiting on the xrays to be sent, Zephyr is loving his 'walks' and shows no sign of lameness although of course the joint is still a little puffy. Have to say on the vet's advice I used Devil's Claw to take the swelling down and it worked a treat
In the mean time here's some typical Zephyr photys for you taken the other night - was trying to get some photys of the little guy (ImBasile) (Zephyr's name for him) and the Clown turns up... (Thought the look on Basil's face was priceless)
Clearly Zephyr is feeling a LOT better.

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Completely O/T but I saw this post and thought "beautiful horse but geez what happened?! Last I knew he was just about to be weaned!! He's gorgeous but it's just not the same little guy" Scroll down "Oh...totally the same little guy XD!!"

Glad the bump in the road was just that and nothing more!
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