What is fluid in/on the knee? - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By waresbear
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 04-03-2012, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Posts: 4,847
• Horses: 1
What is fluid in/on the knee?

I enquired about a fairly cheap horse for sale and the owner got back to me saying that he was sound but had "fluid in the knee". She said he cut his knee months ago but the leg was still fluid-y. The vet has apparently come out and said the horse should be fine. She said as they have just pretty much had him out at pasture so they haven't done anything about the knee.

I've seen horses have swollen joints with fluid in them, but generally these have gone away in a few days.

If I were to be interested in this horse I'd get a vet check but is he even worth looking at? I'm not quite sure what this condition is/what causes it - is it one of those things that can be fixed or not? Is it something that will cause trouble?
Saskia is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 04-03-2012, 05:36 AM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,264
• Horses: 2
Fluid on the knee is just what it sounds like..it is joint fluid that builds up in the joint in reaction to an injury or strain. Eventually the body will absorb the excess fluid and if not, the horse may need arthroscopic surgery (relatively non-invasive) on the knee to draw the fluid off. By itself the fluid isn't a problem but the underlying cause as to what caused the fluid buildup could be.
tlkng1 is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 04-03-2012, 11:55 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,954
• Horses: 3
When I had a torn anterior cruiate ligament, and I overdid it with exercise or dancing, etc, I would get fluid on the knee. The fluid fills up to protect whatever injury is in there. You're going to have to find out what injury that horse has that causes the fluid to come to the rescue.
flytobecat likes this.
waresbear is online now  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fluid in fetlocks? atomic Horse Health 6 09-28-2011 02:27 PM
Fluid Build-up In Hocks whitetrashwarmblood Horse Health 7 12-17-2009 01:48 PM
fluid around the hock appylover31803 Horse Health 8 08-02-2008 04:29 PM
water/fluid on hocks!?!? Karen Horse Horse Health 5 11-29-2007 08:18 PM
Knee protection, knee boots? Alexandra_W Horse Tack and Equipment 1 09-09-2007 01:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome