|One thing I noticed was that Casey was kicking up a lot more footing with her back hooves than normal|
|Another thing I noticed was the Casey didn't seem to be stretching underneath herself nearly as much with her back legs|
For those that don't know a lot about hock injections, here is a brief explanation (although I'm no expert). Basically, joints have liquid in them to keep the bones from grinding together. This liquid goes away gradually due to aging, genetics, and exercise patterns. Casey is fourteen, so is of the age where horses start to need joint injections, plus she is prone to having hocks that dry out faster than normal. This is part of how she got her suspensory injury - her hocks were dry, which causes discomfort/pain and so she was over-stressing her ligaments to try to avoid that discomfort. I first injected Casey's hocks while rehabbing her from her suspensory injury, before that I didn't know this was a problem for her. At the time, the vet said that we'd need to inject her hocks again, but wasn't sure when (every six, nine, or twelve months). Since we just injected her hocks for a second time, and it turned out that it was the correct timing, we now know that Casey should have her hocks injected every six months.
|This photo cracks me up, "Ohhhhh!!!! Hock injections!!!!"|
|Happy horse who should now feel better|
|Casey gets a mini-vacay for four days|
|Can't wait to see the difference on Friday!|