Many horses are bred and raised in this area. Most of these horses are intended for sale or to be competitive equine athletes. Regardless of the intended purpose, it is important to be aware of any developmental abnormalities that may be present. For this reason I recommend a radiographic analysis of the joints where the most common problems are encountered. The most appropriate time to do this is in the early or mid yearling year. The reason for this is that many of the yearling sales occur in the fall, and then horses are started early in their 2 year old year. If a joint lesion is diagnosed early in the yearling year, that gives the animal plenty of time to heal if surgical intervention is chosen. For farms raising multiple horses, a discounted rate is often given if all the horses are radiographed at the same time.
Premier Equine Veterinary Services
130 Hughes Road / P. O. Box 1066
Whitesboro, Texas 76273