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post #1 of 5 Old 04-14-2019, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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What do you see?

I was wondering, what do you guys see in these rtg images? I know +/- what problems can be seen in these, but I was wondering if I guessed right where you can see them and how serious they are.

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Definite fusion of the left lower hock joints. Right hock looks like there might be some active areas but is mostly unfused, could cause some discomfort.


I don't see anything overly notable in the other images, might be some roughening along the eminence and the petellofemoral joint of the Rt stifle. Do you have the ap images(straight on)? Might also be a little bit in the Lt anterior PIP joint.
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Definite fusion of the left lower hock joints. Right hock looks like there might be some active areas but is mostly unfused, could cause some discomfort.


I don't see anything overly notable in the other images, might be some roughening along the eminence and the petellofemoral joint of the Rt stifle. Do you have the ap images(straight on)? Might also be a little bit in the Lt anterior PIP joint.
Yes, he was diagnosed with bone spavin in both of his tarsal joints. You think it might still be active in the right limb? I understood that both of these have fused and aren`t active but I might be wrong as I wasn`t able to really talk through these images with my vet.

Vet didn`t say anything about stifle but he said that he also has some changes in navicular bone. So I guess these changes are quite small, because I, for example, can`t really see them. On the other hand, I am no expert in xray reading.

Does his tarsal joints look very bad to you? He is a 5yo who hasn`t really been into training yet, but he is sound and moving freely, so I guess at least that is good.
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The right hasn't fully fused. There's still joint space in there. Even on the left, the intertarsals are fully fused, but the tarophalangeal is still open. The might never fuse further, or maybe they will. Horses can be sound with terrible hocks, and lame on clean hocks, so if he's not showing any issues, then just be aware and keep an eye on it. I'd be interested in knowing why he's so fused at a young age, it'll help you manage it in the future. It'll be different if it's from an injury vs just stress of being a horse. You may consider starting something like Adequan or Pentosan. If it's any solace, his hocks look better than my horse's at his age.



I'm not familiar enough with navicular xrays to comment on it.



The thing about xrays is when looking for small changes, it's easy to either miss them entirely or confuse something benign. A mm of rotation the wrong way or the beam at the wrong angle completely changes what you see.
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