My farrier came out the other day and, after trimming Dixie's back hooves, said that it looked like her hocks are fusing.
She's only nine years old and has never had any real problems with her legs. My question is: If they are fusing, how will it affect her? Will she be completely un-ridable, good for light riding, or ....? Is there anything I can put her on (supplements, whatever) to help her? I know older horses sometimes get this, but is it normal for a 9 year old?
I will be taking her to the vet sometime in the next two weeks to get x-rays done. So I don't know for sure that they are fusing, but I want to be prepared in case they are.