Horse Leg Problems

Written by Sierra Rein
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For anyone who is considering the purchase of a pony or horse, take a moment to consider all the responsibilities that horse ownership demands. Horses are prone to leg problems throughout their lifetimes. Without proper treatment and care, along with the application of proper procedures and tools, a horse can go through needless pain and lameness.

Amongst professional racing and elderly horses, the most common leg problems include joint inflammation, splint bone fractures, "jumping" knee, injuries to tendons and cracked hoofs. Arthritis can also build up in the joints of older or overworked horses over a number of years. Young equines that are just learning how to run and balance themselves are prone to tendon tears, ligament ruptures and muscle pulls.

Dealing with Horse Leg Problems

At the first sign of danger, a knowledgeable owner or a hired professional should place either cold or hot compression packs upon the pained area. Cold is best for swelled areas where tendons and ligaments may be ruptured. Heat is good for aching, tense and sore muscles, but should not be placed upon already inflamed areas of the body.

If you are unable to administer therapy to the horse's legs, contact a local animal shelter for help. Write down as many facts regarding the history of the problem as you can remember, so that the veterinarian will be completely up to date when he arrives. Dress the wound or problem area as quickly as possible to staunch any blood flow and to reduce any possibility of inflammation or blood poisoning.


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