Magnetic Hock Boots for Equine Bone Spavin and Hock Arthritis

Milly and Christine - Magnetic Hock Boots

If you have a horse, it’s crucial that you know about the types of health conditions they can experience.

For instance, bone spavin and hock arthritis are two degenerative orthopedic conditions seen in horses that can impact their performance, comfort and overall well-being. 

These issues target the hock joints and symptoms can include stiffness, swelling and reduced mobility. While these conditions can cause your horse pain, the good news is that there are allopathic treatment options available. In addition, magnetic therapy can play an important role as a complementary therapy for your horse.

In this article, we’ll be covering what bone spavin and hock arthritis are, and how magnetic therapy may help. 

Understanding Bone Spavin and Hock Arthritis 

Both bone spavin and hock arthritis are considered forms of osteoarthritis. They target the hock joints, which can cause detrimental issues for your horse if not detected early. 

Bone Spavin 

Bone spavin is a joint condition in horses that can cause deterioration of the cartilage and bony changes within the hock joint. It’s typically seen in horses that are performing in competitions regularly, and affects the hock joints. 

The main causes of bone spavin include excessive stress or trauma to the hock joint from injuries. It can also be caused by wear and tear from performing, or conformational issues.

Common symptoms of bone spavin include: 

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling 
  • Reduced range of motion in the joint 
  • Reluctance to perform certain activities 

To diagnose bone spavin, veterinarians will need to do a combination of physical examination, lameness evaluation and diagnostic imaging. 

Hock Arthritis 

Hock arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, refers to inflammation and deterioration of the hock joint. Similar to bone spavin, hock arthritis can be caused by wear and tear on the joint, conformational issues, previous injuries or genetic predisposition. 

The symptoms are also similar to bone spavin, and can include stiffness, swelling, lameness and reduced mobility in the affected joint. 

A diagnosis also involves physical examination, lameness evaluation and diagnostic imaging to assess the extent of the joint damage. 

Since both conditions involve joint pain, an option alongside conventional treatment for this condition is magnetic therapy.

Role of Magnetic Hock Boots

Magnetic hock boots are a non-invasive solution for horses to manage bone spavin and hock arthritis symptoms by harnessing the therapeutic properties of magnets. These boots work by promoting blood circulation which can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. 

These boots are designed with adjustable straps for a secure fit and crafted from comfortable materials so they are easy to wear. While horses have them on, the boots deliver targeted therapy to the affected area. 

Benefits of Magnetic Hock Boots

If your horse is experiencing bone spavin or hock arthritis, they are likely in a lot of pain. One of the main benefits of magnetic hock boots is that they can help to alleviate joint pain. This is going to make your horse much more comfortable. 

Another benefit is that magnet therapy is known to reduce inflammation. This can reduce any swelling or stiffness in the hock joint, which can increase mobility, making it easier for your horse to get around. Magnetic therapy is also known to improve blood circulation throughout the body. This can aid in tissue repair in the hock joint. 

Along with pain relief and reduced inflammation comes enhanced mobility. This is going to make a huge difference for your horse. Having improved hock joint flexibility along with an improved range of motion will allow your horse to move more freely. 

Integrating Magnetic Hock Boots Into Treatment Plans

Magnetic hock boots can be a great addition to a treatment plan since they are easy to use. The Equine Magnetix® hock boots have three fully elasticated straps making it easy to attach them to your horse. They can be used alongside other medical treatments due to their non-invasive nature. 

As we mentioned before, please consult with your veterinarian before adding anything to your horse’s treatment plan.

Meet Christine & Milly

Milly is a 20 yo Warmblood KWPN who was diagnosed with bone spavin in her lower tarsal joint. 

Christine shares ‘I’ve owned Milly for 12 years. I fell in love with her when our livery yard owner asked me to take a picture of her as she was selling her for a client. We competed at county level doing ridden hunter classes and Working hunter classes and qualified for RIHS twice.

Milly and Christine - Magnetic Hock Boots

Unfortunately at the age of 14 she developed a keratoma in her hoof and had to have surgery to remove it which signified the end of her showing career as she developed navicular disease in the same foot. 

We now just happily hack around the lanes but recently she started with bone spavin in her lower tarsal joint and was lame every time we rode. She had some box rest and laser therapy which helped for a while and my last hope before considering steroid injection was to try the magnetic hock boots.’

Christine had never tried magnetic therapy before and it was a friend who recommended trying magnetic hock boots for Milly.

‘Milly wears the boots overnight and since wearing them she is much looser in the morning coming out of her stable and we are now back hacking without her going lame, the boots have been a lifesaver.

She was much less stiff in the morning, reduced swelling and inflammation (I have a thermal imaging camera), she is much happier in herself and able to hack out again without going lame which means we can exercise her to help her lose some weight.’

Christine very kindly took a before and after photo of Milly’s hock showing the difference after wearing the magnetic hock boots:-

Milly and Christine - Magnetic Hock Boots Bone Spavin - Before and After Photos

Final Thoughts

Bone spavin and hock arthritis are conditions that shouldn’t be ignored. If your horse is showing signs or symptoms of either condition, call your vet as soon as you can. Ask them about magnetic therapy, and if they think it’s a good option for your horse, check out the magnetic hock boots as a therapy treatment to help your horse find relief and gain back their joint mobility. 

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Disclaimer: This article is based on the opinions of the author. Magnetic Therapy is a complementary treatment and should not be used as a substitute for veterinary care. If you’re concerned about yourself, your horse or dog, please seek professional advice.