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Arthritis hock

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  • Arthritis hock

    Hello, I would like to buy a three years old sport horse. At the pre purchase vet check, everything was fine until thw vet did some x rays and he found arthritis in one hock. Do you have some experience with this problem? Would arthritis in a hock is something manageable or a real no no?
    thank you

  • #2
    it depends where in the hock and how advanced it is. Lower hock is not a motion area/ shock absorption so it can be OK with some rest to let bone calm down/ get "cold" and stuff like HA to help it stay lubed and save cartilage. Upper hock is high motion so it bodes less well, really depends how advanced. Sometimes the bone can be "sclerotic" shows up brighter on xray but hasn't remodled/proliferated and you still have good "joint spacing" which is a measure of amount cartilage . I would say, no not unusuaal to see youngsters with this---but no it's not real great. It *may* not be a deal breaker if it looks like something you can rest/ treat with oral medications and injections to really nip in the bud calm it down/ cool it down---but that will me rest, expenses, diligent care cold hosing and following a well planned physio program to help things not hurt things---and big big deal..............certainly impact what you are willing to pay for the horse. It *can* still be Ok lower price, a year or so rest/light work and care, you could have a perfectly good 4-5yo. BUt.... that's a certain amount risk and trouble you may not be up for.

    I would definitely have the films reviewed by a horse sports medicine specialist at a specialty clinic or vet school for advisement---these people see this stuff as a specialty and often have good gut feeling and advice on how to proceed, also any rehab physio plan if they think it's still a doable situation.--Often they will review films sent to them and give a opinion at no charge if you call up and say what your situation is.

    nutshell---seek more information/opinion from a specialist---if still going to buy horse definite grounds to offer less money accordingly.


    • Original Poster

      Thank you very much, the point is that I showed to two different vets and one told me that it isn t a bad issue but the other one told me that he wouldn t, buy the horse because it is a risk


      • #4
        Yes as stated it really depends where, if its in the spavin bone its fairly common and will usually set with time and be no problem, however some of these can be problematic in setting.
        You can go buy a horse that has no sign in its hocks and find yourself in the same position in a couple of years anyway. It really will come down to the time and money you want to utilise working through it.
        At least you know about it!


        • #5
          I completely concur with Kiwichick. If I really liked the horse, and I knew I was able to take the time and extra elbow grease to give it the best to set/ get it cold, and I was able to negotiate a lower price based on the issue---then that could work well. If you aren't interested in getting into any of that, then pass. Kiwi makes a excellent point that you could get a 3yo w gorgeous films...and develop this issues after they played up running fence line for a month at a new boarding facility. ---however, as we both stated, depends on where the lesions are and how bad.

          of your vet feedback I would weigh more the vet whose a real specialist and sees a lot of this as a specialty. If they both are...send them for third tie breaker if you really like the horse.


          • Original Poster

            I sent the x rays to a third vet who told me thatthe horse arthriris may leed him to bone spavin, he told me it wasn t. The best to buy him...