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  1. #1
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    Default Hock problem causing front end lameness?

    Is this a possibilty? My horse (OTTB, 6yo gelding) is sketchy in front-but only on a loose rein, with head up. Collected he is sound. He has fusing hocks & bone spurs. Lower back gets tight due to transferred pain/compensation for hocks, neck gets tight etc, can this make him lame? Battling with thrush ATM, due to wet summer but he doesn't react with hoof testers so I don't think that's why he's so lame.
    If he has arthritic problems in the back end, what chances are there it's in front too? Or doesn't it work that way.
    saving up to go to vet clinic for full x rays soon, but would like opinions :$



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    If he is pushing unevenly behind (due to hock issue) that can make something look uneven in front.

    The answer is maybe (it's complicated).

    Could also be he is naturally crooked, but when ridden and put together he is straighter/more over the back and therefore more even looking.

    Lots of reasons for different things.

    If he goes to vet clinic - you can try blocking his hocks and see if you still see the front end issues.



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