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Old 06-12-2013 05:05 PM   #1
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Default Anybody know what's going on here?

My icelandic gelding:

12 yrs. old
in great shape
ridden 4 - 5 times/week; (1.5 - 2hrs. each)
shod all fours

He only does this going downhill and it's practically every ride, maybe 3 or 4 times.

It happens at 0:01 (slow motion) two times in a row
then at 0:20 (normal motion)

I noticed that his right hock wiggles quite a bit, is that normal?

Chiropractor is coming on Thursday.

Thanks. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-12-2013 07:42 PM   #2
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That looks like he is starting to get arthritic changes in the hock. When the arthritis builds up, it's jagged-y and causes pain to the surrounding ligaments and tendons and joint. In the early stages, they often be sound until they step wrong or something (a rock or the ground) makes the joint torque *just so* and they take a few lame steps or bobble a bit. Later, it gets more noticable. Eventually, after the area fuses, they will no longer have any pain and while there may be a slight loss of motion, they are sound again.

I'd have the hocks x-rayed.
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Old 06-12-2013 10:22 PM   #3
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No heat/swelling? Yeh, I too would get the hock Xrayed before chiro.
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Old 06-13-2013 03:46 PM   #4
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You said right hock? Looks like a left leg problem to me. My first guess would be stifle.

Will be interesting to hear what the vet has to say.
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Old 06-14-2013 04:57 AM   #5
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Cant see the video, but alot of hock movement can be caused by an unbalanced hoof as well.
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Old 07-05-2013 07:01 PM   #6
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Ok, sooo. Had the chiro. out and the next few rides he was worse. So I decided to have his hind shoes removed. Been on 6 rides since, hasn't done it once... NOT ONCE. Weird! But I remember before I got him shod he didn't do it, as soon as he was shod he started, so I'm going to keep him barefoot behind (I do use boots).
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