Anyone with experience fusing hocks?

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Anyone with experience fusing hocks?

Postby Tsavo » Sat May 12, 2018 5:35 pm

I am coming around to the reality that at present, the LF ringbone has largely remitted but the left hock is going to block serious rehab.

I did my plan of lunging mostly as walk and canter to warm up and them tested trot for soundness and then got on. He can do everything except canter left with me up. In canter left he groans and shifts his hindquarters to the inside to unweight the LH and he clearly is in pain. This is relatively recent... he was not doing this last week nor was he having obvious trouble going downhill last week. I think he is in a massive painful flair on the left hock.

He does NOT need to have hock pain. This joint can be chemically fused as I understand it. Has anyone done this?

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Re: Anyone with experience fusing hocks?

Postby musical comedy » Sat May 12, 2018 9:43 pm

No I haven't. However, I have had horses with hock and stifle issues and they all responded to IA treatment, whether it be steroids or IRAP. According to what I've read, it's the rare case that does not. How do you know for sure it's the hocks and not stifile or both? Do xrays show it? Have you blocked the hock to see if that makes him go sound? I do not think you can chemically inject the upper hock, only the low motion parts. It comes with some risk, as I'm sure you know. I have never had a horse so painful they refuse to trot or canter. Whatever is going on with him, must be quite painful. A lot of vets are against chemical fusing.

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Re: Anyone with experience fusing hocks?

Postby Tsavo » Sat May 12, 2018 11:19 pm

musical comedy wrote:No I haven't. However, I have had horses with hock and stifle issues and they all responded to IA treatment, whether it be steroids or IRAP. According to what I've read, it's the rare case that does not. How do you know for sure it's the hocks and not stifile or both? Do xrays show it? Have you blocked the hock to see if that makes him go sound? I do not think you can chemically inject the upper hock, only the low motion parts. It comes with some risk, as I'm sure you know. I have never had a horse so painful they refuse to trot or canter. Whatever is going on with him, must be quite painful. A lot of vets are against chemical fusing.


Thanks MC.

I assumed it was hock based on the difficulty going downhill and not falling out at the stifle.

He is almost refusing to canter with me up but showed no sign of it on the lunge or any unwillingness to canter in either direction. He prefers canter over trot. He did not shift his haunches on the lunge and was sound in trot.

I will get my vet out to confirm or deny and to treat this. I think he is flairing.

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Re: Anyone with experience fusing hocks?

Postby Abby Kogler » Sun May 13, 2018 2:07 pm

If he does everything ok with out you up, but struggles when you are up, it could be back or SI as well.


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