Where is the hock on the horse?
WHAT IS THE HOCK? A horse’s hock is the evolutionary equivalent to the human ankle. When looking at a horse from the side, the point of the hock is the backward-pointed part halfway down the rear limb.
What is a horse hock?
Many horses that exhibit hind-end weaknesses and/or lameness may be having pain associated with the hock. The hock is the large joint located between the stifle and fetlock. The hock receives a tremendous amount of the load during motion, providing propulsion along with the stifle.
What part of the leg is the hock?
The stifle or knee is the joint that sits on the front of the hind leg in line with the abdomen. The lower thigh (tibia and fibula) is the part of the hind leg beneath the knee to the hock. The hock is the oddly shaped joint that makes a sharp angle at the back of the dog’s leg (corresponds to a human’s ankle)
How do you treat sore hocks in horses?
If symptoms flare up, rest and cold hosing (or other cold therapy) can help. So can nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as phenylbutazone. But soreness often returns when the horse goes back to work, and long-term treatment with NSAIDs may have harmful effects.
Why do horses get hock injections?
Horses will also start to form bone spurs along the edges of the bones. This is the beginning of the fusion process in the lower and middle hock joints. To help relieve pain during the degeneration process, injection of the lower and middle joint spaces is often done.
How do you tell if your horse’s hocks are fusing?
Symptoms of Fusing Joints in Horses
- Unable to move certain joints or body part such as a limb.
- Stiffness in the muscles in that area.
- Lameness of your horse.
- Pain and swelling of the affected joint.
- Symptoms from underlying illness, disease, or injury.
How often do horses need hock injections?
Hock injections can be effective anywhere from 6-12 months. If your hock injections are only lasting 8-10 weeks, your horse may be a candidate for laser arthrodesis (surgical fusion).
Would you buy a horse with hock arthritis?
I absolutely would NOT knowingly take on a horse with arthritis. Some horses are fine as long as they have their medication and can keep on going quite well on a bute a day or whatever. Some, however, go downhill tremendously fast, whatever supplements you pour into them, and its just heart-breaking.
Can you jump a horse with hock arthritis?
Many horses who are diagnosed with the early stages of arthritis can continue to safely carry riders on level trails and perform other low-impact activities, including some jumping. Those with advanced OA may not be able to handle any more than turnout with a quiet companion.
At what age do horses hocks fuse?
Fusion typically occurs between 8-10 months following MIA introduction into the affected joint(s). Once fused, the distal tarsal joints are no longer a source of pain or lameness.
How do I know if my horse has arthritis?
Symptoms of Arthritis in Horses
- Pain, warmth, and swelling of joints.
- Tenderness of affected limb.
- Reluctance to exercise.
- Pain in the back.
- Slight swelling or puffiness of lower leg.
- Appetite loss.
- Trouble walking.