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post #1 of 5 Old 05-14-2019, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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X-ray thoughts

My 5 year old quarter horse mare has had intermittent lameness on her right hind and prefers to cross fire at the canter going both directions. She really has had a light work load up to this point. Had the vet out and she was diagnosed with right hock arthritis. Her left hock is fine. Here are her X-rays. Any thoughts regarding prognosis and long term soundness? Thanks!
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Sorry I'm not an expert at reading rads but these seem particularly unclear. Or the whole hock is fused... Where is the arthritis?

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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What was the prognosis from your vet?
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My understanding is that part of her hock is already fused. I guess if it fuses all the way it would be better? Iím not sure if I understood that correctly. I was too surprised at the results that I forgot to ask about long term prognosis...
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The image is a little under exposed, so the some of the joints are harder to visualize. There is fusion in the middle joints, but not completely. There are still some open joints in the middle. Some active bone on the front. Looks like a small spur along the front not as bad as it could be, but something to watch. Overall it's not a gnarly joint, but it's active. Might be worth investigating why 5yr old has such one sided arthritis.

Complete fusion is better than partial. Once the middle and lower joints are fully fused there is no movement and no pain. The upper joint is the only one that really need to move. You might get a small amount of decreased RoM, but its better than being gimpy.

Have you looked into more aggressive joint care? IA injections while there is room, IM injection to support and extend them.
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