Cause: Concussion and stress from racing and training. Short, upright pasterns are more prone to concussion and thus osselets.
Treatment: Rest, cold hosing, anti-inflammatory drugs.
Prognosis: Once calcified, most osselets are not painful. If calcification is minimal and does not occur in the joint then the horse will be able to return to a normal workload. In severe cases arthritis will limit the flexion of the ankle and the horse may only be suitable for limited performance or pleasure riding.
New Vocations Graduates Who Sustained This Injury While Racing
Race Starts: 8
Last Race: 9/1/12
Date of Injury: 2012
Total Rehab Time: Sustained an osselet to the left front fetlock in the fall of 2012 & was fully rehabbed while at the New Vocations facility prior to entering the retraining program and later adopted in early 2013.
Date Adopted: 3/24/13
Current Discipline: Eventing
Comments: Najeeb T.M.D. aka Apollo is an athletic and talented horse who is excelling on the cross-country course and in the show ring. He thoroughly enjoys his second career as an eventing partner with his adopter and because he was given the time and proper care for his green osselet to heal fully, he has a long, bright career ahead of him.
Race Starts: 5
Last Race: 1/14/08
Date of Injury: 2008
Total Rehab Time: Sustained osselets to both the left front and right front fetlocks in early 2008 & finished rehabbing while at the New Vocations facility prior to entering the retraining program and later adopted in the spring.
Date Adopted: 3/3/08
Current Discipline: A Rated Hunter/Jumper
Comments: Soxandthecity has proven to be a highly athletic and talented show jumper competing in the A rated hunter rings across the U.S. He impresses all who meet him especially when they find out that he was a former racehorse who retired due to osselets in both front fetlocks. He was given the time and proper care for his green osselets to heal fully and, therefore, he has a long, exciting show career to look forward to.