Surgery suggested for bone chip

We own an 8 yr.old reg. quarter horse gelding used as a roping horse. He had a knot on his knee when we purchased him but showed no signs of lameness until this past summer. It swells up & we have to ...We own an 8 yr.old reg. quarter horse gelding used as a roping horse. He had a knot on his knee when we purchased him but showed no signs of lameness until this past summer. It swells up & we have to ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

We own an 8 yr.old reg. quarter horse gelding used as a roping horse. He had a knot on his knee when we purchased him but showed no signs of lameness until this past summer. It swells up & we have to get in injected (it’s expensive) which lasts for several months but have to repeat it. Xrays show a bone chip that went untreated(before we got him) now we don’t know what to do. Can you help?

Thanks,
Vicky

Vicky,

Your horse has degenative joint disease as a result of the bone chip being left in there. Is it not too late to have the surgery done. If the chip is not removed the joint will continue to deteriorate. Even if the chip is removed you will have to manage the arthritis but this is workable in most horses.
Thanks,
Dr. Lowder

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