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Horses with bone spavin?

Today I toke my 10 year old mare to the animal hospital to visit the lameness Specialist, she wasn't "noticeably lame" I had the local vet out 3 times before I toke her there and he thought I was just trying to blame her problems when riding her on pain when it was just because she was a green mare and he didn't think I had the experience to deal with her...But anyways, the vet x-rayed her leg and diagnosed her with bone spavin. Which is such a shame since she's so young and she'd barely been ridden until I got her a few months ago, she was great but then progressively got faster and faster and then the bucking started. Were going to put her on bute for two weeks try riding her again and if she's better were going to start her on hock injections. The vet was in a rush and I didn't get to ask a lot of questions. But now I have a million...can someone explain a bit more thoroughly what bone spavin is ? will riding them make it worse ? can you jump them still ? what do these hock injections do ? what are peoples opinionn them ? did they help your horse ? Thanks in advance.

Asked By: - 8/30/2011
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I will try to give you some basic info. Bone spavin is degenerative arthritis in the smaller bones (metatarsals) in the hock. It is caused by different types of imbalance/stresses such as confirmation flaws, improper shoeing and trimming, excessive concussive forces on the joints such as jumping, dressage, reining... More
Answered By: Barefoottrimmer - 8/30/2011
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Sure wish if it is visible you could send some pictures in and tell us what the V. is suggesting.;
Answered By: alittlebitcinchy - 8/30/2011
 
I'm posting a an article for you that is a good quick read and explains what you need to know about bone spavin. I believe it will answer any questions you have...................... http://www.suite101.com/content/equine-bone-spavin---causes-symptoms-and-treatments-a246193
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Answered By: gallop - 8/30/2011
 
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