Horse Leg Injuries Review

Horse Leg InjuriesA horse’s life depends on its ability to stride and walk with ease. However, not all kinds of horse leg injuries can be prevented, and an owner will eventually have to find treatments for the ordinary wear and tear a horse’s day to day life will bring.

Most of a horse’s weight, around 65-70%, is supported by its front legs. Thus, a lame horse will more than likely show signs of injury on its forelegs. Horse leg injuries cause a horse to move hesitantly or sluggishly, or make them seem reluctant to complete exercises.

For minor injuries, check the legs to discern the location. Swelling in the legs can be relieved by applying an ice pack or cold compress, and minor injuries on the feet can be eased with a warm soak. Many minor horse leg injuries can be prevented by simply placing protective equipment on your horse; or by checking a horse’s indoor environment for sharp edges or other possible safety hazards.

However, some signs that can indicate horse leg injuries are actually more serious conditions. Seek equine veterinarians when the horse shows chronic lameness, as rest and heat or cold will not solve every issue. Among long term conditions are arthritis, and other forms of inflammation of the joints.

Also of note is Navicular disease in horses, in which the Navicular bone within the hoof becomes damaged over time. While some claim that horse joint supplements and re-training of a horse’s step can prevent deterioration, conventional medicine often requires surgery.

Any concerns should, of course, be discussed with a veterinarian. With a little caution and diligence, you can lessen the severity and occurrences of leg injuries in your horse.