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The stifle is the largest and most complex joint in the horse and, as such, it is an important cause of hindlimb lameness. Equivalent to the human knee, the stifle is controlled by some of the most powerful muscles in the horse’s hindquarters and is subject to tremendous stress forces. In this comprehensive article, registered specialist equine surgeon Dr Marta Wereszka from the University of Sydney Equine Hospital explains the complex anatomy of the stifle, the diagnostic tools available and some of the treatment options your veterinarian may recommend. Stifle anatomy


This is probably one of the most common questions asked of an equine veterinarian by their clients.


Researchers and engineers in Saskatchewan hope a robotic lift system will help to improve the odds for horses recovering from limb fractures and other traumatic injuries. "I think it will give a lot of horses a chance that before didn't have a chance," says team leader Dr Julia Montgomery, a large animal internal medicine specialist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).


Meeting the challenge of keeping quiet, old horses sound at the Manning Great Lakes RDA is made easier with a little help from Canterflex... Maureen Turner is a coach at the Manning Great Lakes RDA. “We have a limited selection of good, quiet school horses here at the RDA and, as they get older, it has become an increasing challenge keeping them sound. We require really quiet and special horses to keep our riders safe and having a great time. We have recently started using Canterflex and we have been very surprised that it actually works.


The masterpiece of engineering that allows horses to rest while standing - the ‘stay apparatus’ - can, at times, prove more harmful than good. Unlike humans, the ligaments surrounding a horse’s kneecap (patella) can lock onto the thigh bone allowing the horse to support its hind end with very little muscle support. This marvelous mechanism enables horses to rest, yet remain ever ready to flee from a predator’s surprise attack. 


The condition known as a locking patella or locking stifle is not uncommon in the horse world. You may have heard horse owners talk about their horse that has stifles that ‘catch’ or ‘lock’, or you may have experienced this condition firsthand in your own horse. Mechanism and anatomy The anatomically correct term for this condition is upward fixation of the patella (UFP). To understand the principle behind this condition, knowledge of the anatomy is important. The stifle is the most complex and largest joint in the horse.


Tendon injuries can occur in all equines - young and old, active and the not so active. But, what does a ‘bowed tendon’ actually mean? The first step in understanding what can sometimes be a frustrating injury to manage is knowing the anatomy of the horse’s lower legs.  Anatomy 


Arthritis leading to lameness is one of the most common conditions affecting our equine companions and can result in significant pain during movement. A better understanding of the disease process and joint anatomy will help you understand how veterinarians manage and treat this condition. 


Horses may not be able to say how much it hurts in words, but recent research is demonstrating their face tells all. Learn to recognise the signs of the equine 'pain face' with Karina Bech Gleerup in this illustrated article.


Ill-fitting saddles are not only associated with back muscle asymmetry, a stilted gait and back pain in the horse but they are also associated with back pain in the rider.  These are the key conclusions from a new study looking at saddle fit, back shape and horse as well as rider health.


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