| A Capped Hock is where a swelling develops on the point of the hock. |
A Capped Hock can be caused by the horse hitting its hock on something, leaning on the stable wall or the ramp of a trailer while travelling and insufficient bedding.
If the swelling is recognized in the early stages and you prevent the cause of the swelling reoccurring, then no further treatment is necessary. Using a topical application may assist with the reduction of the swelling.
If the swelling is large and unsightly your vet can drain off the fluid, however the swelling often reforms.
Very large swellings that do not respond to any treatment, can be surgically removed.
To prevent a Capped Hock ensure you provide your horse with a thick, well banked bed and always ensure that your horse's hocks are protected while travelling.