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Hi, I have a problem, well I dont my horse Kylie does. a quittor!! or infection of side bone. what do you know of them, can you enlighten me. my vet was going to operate on it last thursday but, decided that morning to wait just incase the xrays that showed an ifection was just the bone ossifying????? he suggests waiting six weeks another xray do you agree??
awaiting your reply with badly bitten fingers nails already gone.
Hi Mandy,
A 'quittor' is associated with infection of one of the cartilages of the foot. With persistant draining sinus on the coronary band towards the heels.
The sinus discharges pus. Soft-tissuse swelling, pain on pressure and lameness. It used to be seen often on working draught horses.
The infected tissue must be removed surgicaaly.
Your vet probably wants to x-ray again to confirm that it isn't just 'sidebone' which is ossification of the cartilages of the foot. Sidebone rarely causes lameness but if one side of the foot is more serevely than the other it may cause poor balance of the foot and this can be restored by corrective trimming. I would trust your vet and follow his advice.

Risk to Horses
HORSES CANNOT BE INFECTED BY THE FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE VIRUS, but they can spread the virus on thier feet or equipment. This is particularly relevent where horses may come into contact or be ridden through areas where there ia farm livestock (cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and deer). It is therefore, highly important that all sectors of the horse world fully support the measures put in place by MAFF to eradicate the disease.
Horse owners should avoid riding through land or grazing where susceptible animals graze.
If horses leave the premises the following procedures should take place:
1) their feet should be picked out and cleaned thoroughly with a stiff brush and water;
2) their belly and legs should be washed;
3) after cleaning, the hooves should be painted with a suitable, MAFF- approved disinfectant which is safe to come into contact with skin; and
this process should be repeated when the horses return.
any transport used should be scrubbed out and disinfected before travelling and on return.
riders and their grooms should wear clean clothes and clean them again on return.
Two risks have been identified where horses are kept where there are suseptible livestock, these are:
1) horses could bring the infection back onto the premises after being ridden and infect resident livestock; and
2) horses could spread infection which exists on the premises when being ridden outside the premises.
The most important point is to ensure the effective segregation between horses and other suseptible livestock.
There should be no sharing offarmyard, buildings or the equipment of personnel.

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