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Equine Ailments 2

Some common (but not well known) ailments of the musculoskeletal system

Bruising on the bottom of the foot; horse may be reluctant to put his foot on the ground Sole Bruise
An infection that causes a pocket of pus to form on the sole of the foot Subsolar Abcess
Vertical crack that extends up the hoof, in the back quarter of the foot; may extend upp throguh the coronary band Quarter Crack
An inflammation of the coffin bone that may result in degeneration of the bone over time; symptoms include lameness Pedal Osteitis
A fracture of the coffin bone; will cause a horse to become suddenly very lame and be accompanied by a strong digital pulse Coffin Bone Fracture
A defect in the alignment of the bones of the pastern and foot Clubfoot
Progressive deterioration of the joints leading to osteoarthritis Degenerative Joint Disease
Arthritis of the hocks Bone Spavin
Arthritis of the pastern joint or the coffin joint; results in extreme lameness Ringbone
Injury or strain to one of the tendons of the lower leg; sometimes referred to as "bowed tendon" Tendonitis
Injury or strain to the suspensory ligament in the lower leg at the point of its attachment at the back of the cannon bone Proximal Suspensory Desmitis
Progressive degeneration of the suspensory ligaments Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis
Injury to one of the structures that run along the back of the hock Curb
Stifle joint becomes locked into extension Locking Stifle
An injury (i.e. hyperextension of the hocks or stifles) to the hamstring muscles that heals with scarring or calcification of the muscle tissue Fibrotic or Ossifying Myopathy
Sudden cramping of the muscles at the onset of exercise (usually after a long rest period); the horse may become stiff and paw the ground with pain, sometimes called Monday Morning Disease Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
Fluid accumulation in a bursa (fluid-filled sac) over the kneee Carpal Hygroma
Fluid acclimation in a bursa under the tendons that run over the point of the hock Capped Hock
Created by: horselover92