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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 16, 2005

    Default Joint Injections

    How often is TOO often to inject joints? When is it doing more harm than good?

    I'm mainly interested in hock and coffin joints.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 22, 2006


    Depending on vet/horse/work load in my experience 6 months to a year is normal, but 3 months seems to be the cut off point I hear. As if if the horse is showing lameness/symptoms something needs to change, usually a decrease in work load. Of course this can vary because vets have different ideas.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug. 18, 2009
    Apex, NC


    Our vet doesn't want to give joint injections more than once every 3 months.

    We found a change in medication helped. Our vet did say that not every horse reacts the same way to any of the medications ... so even the medications were trial and error.

    Good luck!
    The other female in my husband's life has four legs

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct. 6, 2002
    Philadelphia PA


    Completely arbitrary rule of thumb... but when I was giving Stoney hock injections yearly and 2x/year, I felt like that was completely average. When I started to think about them before the 6 month mark was up, I started to feel a bit uncomfortable. Once it got to the point where it was more than 3x/year, that I wasn't comfortable with for an older horse that owed NOTHING to anyone. Turned him out in retirement, didn't ride for a couple years. Hopped on a few months back on a whim-- SOUND. I think the hocks finally fused once I left them alone! He feels GREAT now. Go figure!
    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec. 5, 2005
    Northern Virginia


    My older jumper has been getting both coffins and hocks done every six months for years. When I was starting to feel like he needed them more often than that we added Tildren to his maintenance schedule. Since doing that I've been able to extend the time in between the injections by a few months. His hocks also respond well to shockwave and pentosan. Injections are not your only option these days!

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