September 15, 2012 - Common Hock Problems

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Focus on the ‘Big Three’: Bone spavin, bog spavin, and OCD

by  D. J.  Carey Lyons

Hock: The name is simple, but the structure is not. This major joint includes 10 bones, the joints connecting them, and extensor tendons,
flexor tendons, and collateral ligaments.

Because of the great strain the hock endures during any type of work, hock ailments can develop in any horse. The “big three” conditions include bone spavin, bog spavin, and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). This article explores these issues and how owners and veterinarians can manage them, with the goal of returning patients to work at some level. It also provides tips horse owners can use to minimize horses’ risk of developing these conditions.

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