Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by sara, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. sara

    sara New Member

    I was wondering if anyone has ever had a horse with Osteochrondrosis (OCD) i ride with a friends and one of her horses have it he is still able to be ridden but laterly he has been flexing his head to the side particually in trot, we have had him completely checked over and there is nothiing significatly wrong apart form ocd in his near fore shoulder. also what i wanted to know what treatment if any did ppl use if they had this condition
  2. horseygal44

    horseygal44 Well-known Member

    Firstly welcome to Stockies. :D

    Secondly, what is Osteochrondrosis?
  3. sara

    sara New Member

    Oesteochondorosis is a disease of the bone which affects young animals and can happen to people to. What happens there is an interruption of blood supply of a bone in particular the epiphysis (rounded end of long bone eg: shoulder) which is followed by localised bony necrosis (tissue death) and later regrowth,so new boney tissue growth is forming on dead tissue. The cartilage and bone can then become lose and may cause pain and inflammation. It has similar characteristic and signs of arthritis but basically it happens in younger animals due to deformaty of bone growth.

    i hope that makes sense it can be a difficult thing to explain.
  4. Poppy

    Poppy Guest

    Hi Sara

    If he is lame from OCD he shouldn't be worked as this could lead to worsening of the OC (increase inflammation and cartilage damage within the joint) and increase the development of osteoarthritis. If he has OCD and his lame he probably should have surgery via an arthroscope, the vet will remove any loose or defective cartilage and defective bone.
    I think it would be best for him to be checked again by the vet, it may not be OC causing his head turn, could be teeth, neck pain etc etc
    Hopefully nothing too serious
    Cheers Poppy
  5. Caroline

    Caroline Well-known Member

    I have never heard of OCD in the shoulder??? It is far more common in the fetlocks and knees, and created by over feeding or mineral imbalances when the horse is a real youngster.

    Once the horse is mature there is not much that can be done to rectify the condition. Consult a specialist equine vet or Murdoch Uni for treatment options.

    It may be worth getting some Bowen treatment to help with inflammatory/pain probs and muscle wastage.

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