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Joint disease and Pain in horses

December 2018 by Antoinette Foster

Joint injuries in horses have a real impact, not just on the horse but also the owner, these diseases can result from an injury that is quite acute to a more chronic condition such as osteoarthritis. Joint injuries are the most common cause of lameness within performance horses (and horses in general), and very often mean the horse’s career will come to an end. Cartilage that normally covers the ends of adjoining bones can be damaged which results in reduced joint movement and soreness. Articular cartilage is of great importance for the joints to function normally and remain pain-free, however, this tissue has a limited ability to repair, and very often joint disease will progress as the years go by. There is no doubt that the younger the horse, the more chance there is of healing successfully.