Scabby wounds on the front of the fetlocks and outsides of the hocks are usually “bed sores” that are caused by recurring abrasion when a horse lies down on hard ground or rough bedding.
Classically this is seen in dry lot situations on abrasive gravel or hard dirt. These sores are usually not serious but in some cases can become infected or they can grow to a large size from repeatedly being broken open. In rare cases, a fetlock bed sore can break into the joint, causing a serious joint infection.
The first task is managing the existing wounds. The second is trying to prevent additional wounds by changes in management. If these wounds are severe, worsening, non-healing, or if your horse is lame, you may need to take more aggressive action and will need to involve your vet.
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Prognosis & Relevant Factors
Good with change in management or protection with bandages.
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