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By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · December 11, 2012
Lameness will likely be a problem for all horse owners at some point. It is a sign that a horse has an injury that causes pain when it moves or places weight on the affected leg. If the cause of lameness is apparent, you may be able to administer first aid. If not, confine the horse to prevent further damage to the leg and call the veterinarian if mild lameness persists. Horses with severe lameness need prompt veterinary attention, as they are usually experiencing significant pain.
Most lameness affects the forelimbs, and 90% of problems occur in the knee and below. In the hind limbs, 80% of cases of lameness involve the hock or stifle. Lameness frequently occurs in the feet, so carefully examine the hoof in cases of sudden-onset lameness. Common foot lamenesses include abscesses and sole bruises.
Different breeds and disciplines have different predispositions for lameness...
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