A boarder at the barn had her horse's hocks and whirlbone injected. Nobody from the barn helped the vet so nobody saw what he injected. But it's what he put in the bill.
I did a little research on line and could not figure out what a whirlbone is. This vet has done some trackwork, too.
Actually knowing this vet's reputation he just charged for the injections but didn't actually do them.
Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)
he's an OTTB, but he's been off the track for 2-ish years?
I haven't had my regular vet look at him yet other than to adjust him and said he could probably use his hocks injected, I mentioned what the PPE vet said and he said a sore whirl/whorl?bone was common result of needing hocks done.
Hoping next month I'll be able to get him out and check him over. Give me the damage lol.
Whorlbone (whirlbone, whirlybone) problems are the leftovers, so to speak, of chronic hock problems, most frequently hocks fusing. Horses with fusing hocks tend to move their hind legs in a manner not intended. Riders never see this but it's quite noticible from a cart: both trotters and pacers tend to go somewhat wider behind, with an odd rolling motion as the fusing hocks hurt to bend; under saddle, this may be felt as a slight wallowing behind if the rider is perceptive enough. At one time, cunean tenotomies were performed when the hocks started to fuse, with the tendon regrowing and the bones fusing around the same time; this was and still is known as cutting the jack cords (jack spavin aka bone spavin). When cutting the cords was more or less routine for chronic sore hocks, there wasn't as much injecting for trochanteric bursitis as a primary treatment, but it was secondary to clear up the bursitis that resulted from the odd hind leg movement. The injections do work, had it done many times with good results, although some may take a couple of treatments.
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