International Association of Animal Therapists


Hock Pain in Horses

My very first horse (not counting ponies) was an ex-hunter jumper in her twenties.  She was a true gem of a horse, aptly named Lady Be Good.  Because of her former career though, Lady had hock pain in one leg that would occasionally cause lameness.  I was just a kid then, but I wish I had known some natural remedies to help her.

The hock is technically known as the tarsus; it’s made up of four basic joints, quite a few bones, and some ligaments.  It’s the equine equivalent to the human ankle.  Hock pain is common amongst performance horses, especially those working off their hind end, like cutters, hunter jumpers, and barrel racers.

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