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All horse people know the old saying "No hoof, no horse."  Lameness of the horse’s foot is a high percentage of lameness so it is common to say that the vast majority of lameness is between the knee and foot. The vast majority of posterior lameness is between the hock and foot. These lameness, by their frequency and debilitating nature, represent a real medical and economic challenge. The horse’s musculoskeletal system is very specialized and therefore fragile and may represent a multitude of problems.


There are various lameness causes, but here are a few:

  • Navicular Disease

  • Laminitis

  • Abscess

  • Fracture

  • Tendinitis

  • Osteoarthritis, arthritis and osteoarthritis

  • Improper trimming or shoeing

  • Muscle and back problems

  • Etc.


Do Not Do:

  • Wait several days if the horse's foot is very hot, because it may be an abscess. Relieving the horse faster avoid him unnecessary suffering. It can also be laminitis and in this case, the hours count to establish a treatment that will prevent or limit the sinking of the third phalanx.

  • Ride/work a horse with a stiffness or lameness.


The fastest the lameness is detected, the shortest the recovery time will be. Several lameness are obvious, but in more subtle cases, sometimes the rider will aggravate a little problem by continuing to ride an injured horse. It is therefore important to learn how to detect signs of discomfort in order to limit the damage!


In addition to physical examination, radiography or ultrasound can identify problems. Every problem has its own treatment. The immediate examination will provide a diagnosis to avoid aggravating the problem, relieve your horse and avoid a disaster on his athletic future.

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