· · · 49 · Ringbone is generally not seen in the racing Thoroughbred.
This is a condition of older horses.
Chips in any joint may be a problem in the future.
Chips are always associated with degenerative joint disease.
Horses with chips can be serviceably sound for many years as trail horses, companions and broodmares.
Horses with chips should not be considered for resale projects as they will not “pass” a ppe.
Bows are any injury to the superficial digital flexor tendon.
It is an injury associated with fatigue.
The only disciplines that an old bow may be a problem are combined training where there is a lot of galloping and steeplechasing.
Capped hocks and elbows are strictly cosmetic and not associated with lameness.
A healthy suspensory is necessary in dressage, show jumping, etc.
Suspensory ligament injuries can be associated with broken splint bones and/or sesamoids.
When considering a horse with this issue have an ultrasound exam and radiographs taken.
String halt- Uncommon in the young Thoroughbred.
Hock problems are usually associated with OCD.
Racing Thoroughbreds do not jump, so degeneration is minimal or non-existent.
OCD is a complex syndrome that can affect any joint.
Best to consult your veterinarian.
Every horse is different as regards to long term prognosis.
Nerving is done when the coffin bone (third phalanx) has been broken.
Trail riding is probably the best discipline for these animals.
There is a list posted in the Racing Secretary’s office of the horses who’ve had this procedure.
When possible ask if the horse has had any Anabolic steroids.
Fillies and mares that have had anabolic steroids may have difficulty conceiving.
Horses of either gender may be sexually aggressive when turned out with other horses.
The effects of anabolic steroids wear off in 4-8 weeks.
Finding a vet to do a prepurchase exam at the track is rather easy most of the time.
There are vets at the track every day.
Each track I have been to has more than one vet practice.
Just ask the trainer who his vet is and choose one of the other practices to avoid conflict. · · · · · · · 50
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