Degeneration of the hock joint caused by arthritis, it is also known as osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease.
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured only managed in such a way as to reduce the pain that the horse will feel. Some treatments may be successful leaving your horse pain free for anything up to 3 to 6 months, with ongoing treatment necessary and no guarantee of permanent soundness.
Symptoms Of Bone Spavin
- Lameness, the extent of lameness will vary from horse to horse.
- Bony swelling on the inside aspect of the hock .
- Poor result after a flexion test.
- Compression causes erosion of the Tarsal bones within the hock and triggers new bone to grow in the area.
- Poor conformation can cause uneven loading of the hock joints.
- Poor shoeing can lead to uneven loading of the hock joint.
- Sports that have a high compression and concussion effect on the hock such as jumping, dressage and reining.
Bone Spavin Treatment
- Corticosteroids put straight into the joint.
- Joint lubricant put straight into the joint.
- Anti inflammatory medication.
- Fusion of the joint using chemicals.
- Fusion of the joint using surgery.
- Corrective shoeing can help in some cases.