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post #1 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy joint swelling / arthritis in horses

is there a sure sign or symptom showing arthritis in knee or hock? Much swelling and pain, and feverish...
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 11:17 AM
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I think the joint becomes stiff and painful to move, and it swells up and is hot to touch. Probably best to get a vet come and see your horse though if he's been lame for a long period of time. The vet can give more accurate diagnosis and advice on how to help

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 01:23 PM
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If there is swelling, pain and the horse is feverish those are signs of joint infection and the vet should be called immediately for an emergency. Joints have very little blood flow and therefore cannot fight infections. Because they are a sterile environment it takes only a few bacteria from a tiny scrape to infect them. The infection can grow quickly, leading to sepsis and death.

Anyways, a horse with arthritis will benefit from moving 24/7 and consistent light riding. You will notice he is stiff moving off after standing for tacking, or being stalled for the night. He may seem "off" at the beginning of a ride and "work out of it". It will come on progressively over months or years, and it will progressively worsen. There are many treatment and prevention options, from the very expensive to the relatively inexpensive, all varying in price. A call to your vet can help you with this.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 08:40 PM
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Hi Steve, how old is the horse?


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post #5 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 08:46 PM
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Fever is a sign of infection, as is swelling.
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