It’s distressing to find your beloved horse is showing signs of pain. But even worse… If your horse takes part in barrel racing, the last thing you want to find is equine hock arthritis.
This is the shock discovery Gus’s human made when Gus started clocking barrels poorly.
Any equine sport makes demands on your horse, obviously, and can lead to inflammation of the joints! But barrel racing is especially harsh.
We’ll explain how they solved the problem in a moment.
But first, let’s look at equine hock arthritis in general, because it’s a common condition affecting horses of all breeds and varying ages. And it’s debilitating if left untreated. Or when traditional treatment fails – as Gus’s human found out.
Why is the Equine Hock Prone to Arthritis?
The hock joint is the equivalent of the human heel, so it plays an important role in hind-limb movement.
And in any form of equine jumping or racing, for example, the hock area is under pressure and strain, and at risk of arthritis.
The hock has four joints. The two lower ones are most often the source of arthritis. As arthritis progresses, the protective cartilage in the joints deteriorates, causing bones to grind against each other. The result is pain and inflammation.
Joint therapy is therefore a critical component of equine health management.
How Can You Recognize Equine Hock Arthritis?
You’ll want to be mindful of symptoms, because catching and treating them early can spare your horse some of the worst inflammation and pain. Look for:
- Stiffness, especially at the start of a ride
- Shifting weight to take pressure off of a particular leg
- Changes in gait, or the way they walk
- Less spring in their jump or refusing to jump
- Changes in hock joint including swelling, tenderness, or heat
- Farrier’s feedback when working to shoe the horse
If you notice these symptoms, you’ll likely turn first to traditional medicine or surgical procedures – but there are options for healing at the cellular level by improving bioelectricity.
Enter the Electro-Equiscope – a Non-Invasive Treatment!
Equiscope therapy can non-chemically and non-invasively help restore bone and joint health naturally, increasing flexibility and movement.
How so? The Equiscope deciphers abnormal tissue response by reading electrical impedance in damaged cells. It then sends out corrective pico/microcurrents to normalize cell activity.
With this microcurrent natural healing, the body – human or animal – returns to homeostasis and repairs itself faster than with traditional medicine!
How Equiscope Therapy Helped Gus the Gelding’s Hock Arthritis
Gus’s human was concerned that he was clocking poorly when running barrels. Suspecting equine hock arthritis, they started Gus off with steroid injections.
However, after failing to see positive results, one of our Equiscope technicians had the opportunity to work with Gus for two sessions.
They used a combination of therapeutic probes and plate protocols along the discomfort areas. All points cleared after the first session and were re-evaluated after the second.
Gus’s owner witnessed a huge change in his clocked barrel runs. In fact, Gus then ran at the All-American!
Find Help For Equine Problems
While other pain management methods can have negative side effects or fail, the Equiscope has proven results for removing pain and inflammation. Read about other equine healing successes here and here.
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