My 5 yr old barrel horse showed lame, X-rays showed a large spur at the top of the coffin bone, at excesier tendon

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Customer: My 5 yr old barrel horse showed lame, X-rays showed a large spur at the top of the coffin bone, at excesier tendon attachment point...
Answered by horsevet1976 in 2 mins 11 years ago
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horsevet1976 :

Hi I'm Dr. Crow, what is the question about the spur in the coffin joint?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: Lots of products claim to remove a sour.
<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: The mare has shown some improvement with proper farrier
<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: Trying to figure out what to do to help....
<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: Hello?
horsevet1976 :

Well, the spur is a sign of arthritis, possibly due to instability of the joint. The treatment for this is to inject the joint with steroids and HA to decrease the inflammation and help with the pain of the spur. If this does not work or does not last very long, then we look at treatments like IRAP or other more aggressive treatments to help with the pain. Corrective shoeing with a 2-3 degree wedge and a joint supplement like Adeqaun works well with the joint injection to start. The joint may have to be injected 2-3 times per year to keep her sound. However, with her age, the prognosis for future soundness is usually not good. I have never heard of anything that will actually dissolve a spur in the joint and since it is secondary to arthritis, it will usually come back if removed.

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: That is what I am worried about as well.
<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: TLC supplements claiming that their product will remove it...but takes 8 months at 250 a bag so over 500....cheaper to inject....what about Poliglycan?
horsevet1976 :

Polyglycan is good for the health of the joint, I prefer Adequan however

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: Ok, thank you..I am heartbroken and she has so much heart...she never quit me was just off...and we travel hard.....a bad farrier on the road brought this to our attention...because he had her so out of balance she went off enough to make me get X-rays ...
<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: Inject coffin joint, and adiquan should show improvement in what time frame....I plan to book an appointment for her (calling tomorrow) this week...
horsevet1976 :

You should see improvement immediately after the injection, but mostly at 2 weeks. The Adequan mainly helps the injections last longer. It is frustrating, there are amazing things we can do now, though, so make sure to talk to your vet about all the options.

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: The veterinarian on the road that did the X-rays said it was quite a large spur, and was suprised she was not more off...
<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer: Thank you
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