Capped hock

I have a seven year old TB gelding, that I am just starting to ride, he retired off the track with a fractured seseamoid(?). All riding has been extremely light, some lounging followed by 10-15 minutes of light riding. Today I noticed his hock was capped, is this something ...I have a seven year old TB gelding, that I am just starting to ride, he retired off the track with a fractured seseamoid(?). All riding has been extremely light, some lounging followed by 10-15 minutes of light riding. Today I noticed his hock was capped, is this something ...

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Dr. Lowder:

I have a seven year old TB gelding, that I am just starting to ride, he retired off the track with a fractured seseamoid(?). All riding has been extremely light, some lounging followed by 10-15 minutes of light riding. Today I noticed his hock was capped, is this something I should be worried about? He never walked lame, it only seemed to bother him if I touched it. After I cooled him down, I hosed his hock for a short time. I do not know what else I should do. It really doesn’t seem to bother him.

Thank you
Terri.

Terri,

In most cases a capped hock does not become a problem unless the horse develops some secondary changes within the hock joint. If it appears to bother him have your vet take a x-ray to see what is going own inside the joint.

Thanks, Dr. Lowder