Heat in a Compensating Limb
—Jody, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
A. It’s difficult to say whether the notable heat in your horse’s hock is related to the suspensory strain in his history. With injuries to the hind-suspensory ligament origin, a horse can have heat and swelling that is typically localized on the inside of the leg below the chestnut.
I would recommend having your veterinarian perform a thorough exam to determine the cause of the heat and whether it’s a reason for concern. Further diagnostics, such as an X ray or ultrasound exam, might be necessary.
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