A neck related issue or a true forelimb lameness? That is the question…
In this article, equine physiotherapist Nicky Suckle provides a complete overview of neck and forelimb injury and pain, including common causes and treatment options for the equine.
Neck and forelimb injuries are very common in horses and, often, a neck issue is misdiagnosed as a primary forelimb lameness.
Anatomy of the spine
There are seven cervical vertebrae in a horse, 18 thoracic and six lumbar (sometimes only five), five sacral vertebrae (fused) and approximately 20 caudal vertebrae making up the tail. The whole spine is linked together by a series of muscles and ligaments.