The hock joint is a vital component of the horse's hindlimb, responsible for absorbing shock and facilitating movement. It encompasses cartilage, soft tissue, and joint capsules, all of which play a crucial role in maintaining joint function. Any damage or injury to these structures can result in premature arthritis and hinder the horse's performance in competition. Hindlimb lameness is a common issue experienced by horses, with the hock being the most susceptible site. The main movement of the hock joint is achieved through flection and extension. However, the hock joint can become stressed due to off-loading resulting from hind-end, stifle, or back problems.
The hock joint is one of the hardest working joints in the horse's body. The term "hock" refers to a complex structure that comprises ten bones and four joints. The upper joint is responsible for most of the hock's movement and acts as a ball and socket joint. On the other hand, the lower hock joints are more likely to experience lameness problems and are under greater stress. Osteoarthritis is the most common issue affecting the hock joint, with an estimated 99% of cases occurring in the lower joints. Spurs and degeneration are often observed in these areas.
Hock lameness can result from various factors such as conformation, trauma, stress, footing, shoeing, hormonal imbalance, overuse syndrome, and genetic predisposition. It is imperative to keep the hock joint healthy to ensure the horse's optimal performance.
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