Hock sores are irritated areas on your horse’s hocks where the hair has been rubbed off, and often where the skin has been rubbed open. Hock sores can be caused by poor bedding, consistent rubbing against the stall wall, lying down for too long or even by an altercation with a fellow horse/stall mate.
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.
How do you treat horse bed sores?
First you’ll have to get the area clean and dry. Then you’ll be instructed to apply a topical dressing and wrap the entire leg with thick quilts and bandages. Once the sores heal completely, then you can enlist the help of the protective boots or wraps. Eventually both you and your horse will sleep easier.
How do you treat a swollen hock?
Your vet will probably clip and disinfect the skin over the swelling, tap it (insert a needle into your horse’s bursa and withdraw fluid), and then inject a small amount of anti-inflammatory medication. He or she may also inject an astringent-type medication to help dry up the tissues.
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How do I know if my horse has sore hocks?
Common Signs of Hock Pain
Other general signs include sudden laziness, refusal to be tacked up, refusal to perform moves such as a flying lead change, and trouble engaging in the hind end. The horse may also suddenly display general cranky behavior when it is normally quite calm and content.
Does my horse need hock injections?
Your horse may need hock injections if you notice changes in the hock, general signs of pain, or signs of localized pain in the hock. The first thing to do is to determine if your horse has a lameness problem and the next is to localize the issue to the hock.
How do you prevent saddle sores on horses?
Prevention. Keep your tack clean. A build-up of sweat and grit may irritate a horse’s skin causing a sore. If you’re trail riding, twigs, burrs, seeds or other foreign objects can get caught between the horse and its tack.
What is swollen hock syndrome?
or “FSF” (“Familial Shar Pei Fever Syndrome)
The dog will feel bad during the fever episodes: listless and without appetite. Fevers typically last 12-36 hours and can go as high as 107º F. Often the ankles of the dog (the “hocks”) become swollen during these episodes.
How do you reduce inflammation in horses?
Treatment is most effective if done3-4 times a day for no longer than 30 minutes at a time. Cold-water therapy is only beneficial in the first 48 hours after injury. Moist hot packs can then be used to reduce the inflammation by increasing blood flow to the injured area after the initial 48 hours post injury.
Will a capped hock go away?
A deep capped hock can cause lameness due to local pressure and inflammation, but usually improves with rest. Capped hocks almost always merely represent a cosmetic blemish, but if a wound is involved, the bursa can become infected which represents a much more serious condition.
Do all horses hocks fuse?
It is estimated less than 25% of hocks will fuse naturally. Surgical Arthrodesis: A surgeon will drill away the cartilage lining between the joint’s bones leaving the subchondral bone exposed and free to grow together.