Horse Joint Pain

Equine joint pain treatments and supplements for healthy muscles, tendons and ligaments in horses.

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  1. What is Horse Joint Pain?
  2. What Causes Horse Joint Pain?
  3. Help for Horse Joint Pain
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What is Horse Joint Pain?

To understand joint pain in horses, we must first look at the equine joint structure. The equine joint structure consists of the articulating surfaces of large bones covered by articular cartilage, the synovial membrane, the fibrous joint capsule, a cavity containing synovial fluid, and associated ligaments.

What Causes Horse Joint Pain?

The internal pressure building as a result of swollen tissues brings about pain.

This inflammation can occur as a result of:

  • Repeated trauma
  • Stress to the joint
  • Everyday use
  • Athletic training
  • Incorrect shoeing
  • Excess weight (an overweight horse will put huge amounts of pressure on joints)

Symptoms of joint pain include:

  • Lameness
  • Swelling
  • Heat (usually felt on the fetlock or joint)
  • Raised foot (not wanting to stand on the joint)

Note: If left untreated, (or allowed to recur repeatedly), inflamed joints may have a damaging effect upon joint cartilage. The possibility of Arthritis should also be investigated.

Help for Horse Joint Pain

If you notice your horse avoiding standing on a leg, or limping – call your vet immediately. Remember to let your vet know when the trouble started and describe any swelling visible to the naked eye. Your vet will most likely prescribe treatment with anti-inflammatories, however these medications may also have side effects. Ask your vet to explain the medication, and the potential risks. Also ask him about existing equine joint supplements that can help.

Natural Remedies

There are many herbal and homeopathic remedies that can help to address stiff, painful joints in horses. Homeopathic ingredients such as Apis and Rhus tox can gently, yet effectively support supple joints and ligaments.

Ferrum phos, Nat. phos. and Calc. fluor can address imbalances at a cellular level, and help promote strong ligaments, muscles and bones. Arnica can help address pain, bruising and tenderness – without numbing the joint or carrying the risks of harsh drugs.

More Information on Horse Joint Pain

Tips for healthy joints
  • Like human joints, horse joints tend to wear out if they are not adequately kept supple and in working order. Make sure your horse gets adequate exercise (without overdoing it).
  • Ensure that your horse maintains a healthy weight. Speak to your vet about a limited diet if you suspect your horse is overweight. Excess weight can put joints under extreme strain.
  • Use soothing massage of your horse’s joints – try natural oils or creams to help keep the joint warm and healthy.
  • Always warm up your horse before an event – start slowly and gently to avoid joint injury.
  • Make sure your horse is shod properly – as bad shoeing can lead to sore joints and major damage.