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  1. #1
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    Mar. 23, 2006

    Arrow Starting young horse & knee x-rays?

    Curious as to everyone's approach.

    Looking to learn on this topic as I do not have that much experience with young horses. Yes, we are working with a trainer. Horse is a 3 year old WB and is going well - not gangly, nicely balanced for age (both moving and standing) and good head on shoulders (i.e. attention span) at this point. She can walk/trot/canter, has gone over ground poles no problem and hacks alone and in a group with no protest. She is in work about 4 to 5 days per week, short sessions and as much hacking as possible (walk with a little trot on the cross country course, some sessions of schooling sprinkled in to make her brain work).

    What would you do? Xray to make sure that knees are closed and (if yes) bump up to how much work? Looking for input for those that have already been there.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Greensboro, NC


    Personally, it doesn't hurt to shoot 1-2 xrays of even just 1 knee. Most likely at 3 things are fine, but on the odd chance this is a speshul horse and you find them quite open, it would be nice to know
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET

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