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    Default Capped hock?

    Anyone have experience with this?

    Are they purely cosmetic or can they pose issues?

    I am half leasing a lovely horse and he's got a pretty ugly one. No idea when or how he got it. Long story but his owner is kind of MIA at the moment so I don't have much info. I know who owned him before her, and he did not have it then.

    He is sound on it, currently jumping and being used in a lesson program in addition to me riding him.

    He is for sale and priced very reasonably. At first I said No Way but now that I've been riding him for 6 weeks, and he's stayed sound on the leg in pretty rigorous work, I'm starting to wonder. I would likely have x-rays done should I consider purchasing him, but just wondered if anyone had any anecdotal information.
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    Never seen one cause a problem. I used to show a horse that had "mounting blocks" for hocks. He did 3'6" for years, never an issue.
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    Thanks M.....!!!!
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    Once healed from their initial injury I haven't ever had trouble with one either.



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    It's just cosmetic. It should have no effect on anything.



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    My guy's got both of his capped from wall-kicking. That was 7 years ago. He's fine.
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    Thanks guys, good to know it truly is just a cosmetic blemish.
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    The capped hock is totally cosmetic. The insult(s) that caused it could have resulted in trauma to underlying structures, so a good vetting is always a sound investment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrowneDragon View Post
    The capped hock is totally cosmetic. The insult(s) that caused it could have resulted in trauma to underlying structures, so a good vetting is always a sound investment.
    This. Most capped hocks are harmless, but if I were buying a horse with one and nobody could give me the story about how it happened, I would want radiographs and an ultrasound in that area just to be sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jn4jenny View Post
    This. Most capped hocks are harmless, but if I were buying a horse with one and nobody could give me the story about how it happened, I would want radiographs and an ultrasound in that area just to be sure.
    Yes, that is my thought as well, since there had to have been some kind of trauma at some point. And I know he did not have it when he was owned by the folks I know a few years back.

    Especially since I've done the lame horse thing too many times. :/
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    Another one with a horse that capped a hock kicking walls. It was very ugly for a while but once he stopped kicking the walls and I stopped staring obsessively at it, it vanished. At this point, I cannot even tell which hock it was!



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    my younger mare got stabled next to an Idiot Who Kicked, so she kicked back. She capped both hocks, one recovered, one didn't. When it puffed up later, I got xrays (came back clean) just to make sure there wasn't a bone chip floating around in there. Vet told me that as long as it's soft, fergetabout it as it would come and go depending on any number of factors.



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