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Discussion in ' Veterinary,Injuries and Therapies ' started by herondell , Jun 28, Dismiss Notice Hi, we hope you enjoy looking around New Rider. We are a very friendly board so don't feel afraid to ask your questions.
Register now, say 'Hello' and join in the conversations. Mar 28, Messages: Apr 27, Messages: Have you had x-rays taken? My horse was recently diagnosed with spavin and had x-rays of his hocks and both front feet.
We found out at the time tht he had problems with his feet as well as his hocks! Apparently it is quite common if horses have front feet problems for them to develop spavin as they try and rock the weight back off their feet as they are sore and this causes problems in the hocks to start. And you are right it is really hard to manage a problem with the front feet especially if its laminitis with a problem with spavin as they require two different treatments!
One involves movement and one doesn't!!! I have comprimised with my vet and my horse is turned out but in a very small area so he can move a bit but not eat much and not go crazy galloping about. Log in or Sign up to hide this advert. Apr 16, Messages: Don't really understand how a vet can definitively diagnose spavin without x-rays.
My horse did not respond at all, was no more sound after injections than he was before. Bute helped my horse massively, but not a long term solution. Supplements like chondroitin, glucosamine and MSM. Cortaflex or cheaper variations thereof. Anything that helps arthritis in humans.
I did not notice a difference to soundness on any of these. Remedial shoeing - my vet recommended lateral extensions. Even out any foot imbalances to minimise pressure on the joint. The process of fusing the joint involves destruction of the articular cartilage, this can occur naturally or rather IS occurring naturally in any animal with osteo-arthritis, and working the horse speeds it up.
The process is exceedingly painful, imagine no cartilage in your knees and having to run with it, and the method of pain relief by steroid injections into the hock is intended to allow you to work the horse to speed up the breakdown to allow ossification of the joint.
Some more modern methods involve injecting chemicals into the joint to speed up the breakdown of cartilage, one option my vet discussed with me were ethanol alcohol injections, but there isn't a significant amount of data on the effectiveness of these. Alternatively arthodesis surgery can be an option. My exercise regime was started at 5 minutes walking twice daily for a week. Then increased by 5 minutes twice daily each week. Box rest is not good for spavin at all but as you are potentially dealing with lami as well I wouldn't make any changes to management or nutrition without veterinary supervision.
I would get x-rays done to start with though, it might not be spavin at all! Mar 30, Messages: Ditto need for x-rays - rather baffled that the vet didn't suggest this? There is a good clear website here http: My horse has recently been diagnosed with bone spavin and is getting Cosequin a suppliment and Adequan 7 injections, 4 days apart , as well as daily exercise. My vet has given me reasonable a prognosis, and I have been told to bribng him back into work, though with limited trotting on hard surfaces, and no tight circling.
Thats interesting Laura what you said about the steroid injections as my horse had them and was better for a while but then went really foot sore. He has navicular so we thought it was this but he has now been diagnosed with laminitis so I'm guessing the steroids triggered the laminitis Sep 23, Messages: Really need xrays and nerve blocks to diagnose exactly where the spavin is. However, 2 of my horses have it and this is what I did. First my gelding went lame had nerve blocks etc and I decided to give him a year off.
Removed his shoes, let him live out and he is sound and has been ever since. I have had no lameness since the initial lameness. I did use various supplements and then I used none and I would say he was just the same without them.
Then my mare went lame she also got nerve blocks and she has it in her hocks. Hopefully she will be sound when foal is weaned but I'll just have to wait and see. So imo I would turn out as much as possible, if lami is a problem then use a smaller paddock but exercise is much better than stood in a stable. Mar 8, Messages: Bronson was diagnosed with Bone Spavin at the end of february - needed several x-rays and nerve blocks for this though - as could equally have been a pulled muscle or any other type of hock problem without accurate diagnosis.
Is your vet absolutely certain that it is definately bone spavin? Bronson was given bute, 2 sachets each day for 4 weeks, then 1 a day for 4 weeks, before cutting it down to one every other day. They also advised me to swap him from cortaflex to Newmarket Joint supplement which I got of vetscriptions website, rather than from them as it was a damn sight cheaper! He was also on an exercise plan of inhand walking - and to be turned out for as long as possible, as staying in a stable wouldn't help.
It depends on the horse as to how long it takes for the hock to fuse, if it does at all. Bronson's seems to have fused now, vet did flexion tests on him a few weeks ago with very little lameness, but it has been about 6 months from when he first went lame You must log in or sign up to post here.
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