Should I buy a horse with Osselets?

In terms of buying horses I do try to stay away from osselets because even if the xrays are good it will deter people. I have had horses with osselets with good joint space and clean ankle films and people will still bulk at buying them.

How do you treat Osselets in horses?

Treatment of Osselets in Horses

Usually, stall rest is recommended for up to 6 weeks. It is important that your horse does not return to activity too early. The veterinarian may also suggest alternating cold and hot treatment of the area. This will help with swelling and inflammation of the fetlocks.

What is ankle rounding in horses?

They represent strain and micro-tearing of this attachment of the fetlock/ankle joint to the cannon bone which, over time, creates firm, bony lumps. Acutely, these can be painful, making the horse very sore.

What is an ocelot in a horse?

Osselet is arthritis in the fetlock joint of a horse, caused by trauma. Osselets usually occur in the front legs of the horse, because there is more strain and concussion on the fetlock there than in the hind legs.

Is laminitis fatal in horses?

Laminitis is a deadly disease. Find out why—and learn the steps you should take to protect your horse from falling prey to this devastating condition.

What causes Windpuffs in horses?

A windpuff is a soft swelling usually found on a horse’s fetlock. The remnant of an old injury, it occurs when inflammation stretches a tendon sheath, bursa or joint capsule and then subsides. The structure remains stretched and fills with fluid.

How do you treat Sesamoiditis in horses?

Treatment of Sesamoiditis in Horses

Hot and cold therapies or poultices on the fetlock will help reduce the inflammation. Confining your horse to their stall for rest is important. Your horse will likely be confined to their stall for up to 30 days.

What causes bone spurs in horses?

Uneven loading causes excessive compression of the cartilage and bone on one side, and strain in the joint capsule and supporting ligaments on the other side. When the joint is repeatedly overloaded, exostoses, or ‘bone spurs’, occur.

What causes bone spavin in horses?

Causes of Bone Spavin in Horses

Conformational defects that affect the lower hind legs, such tarsus valgus and sickle-hocks, can lead to bone spavins. Poor trimming or shoeing can force the equine feet into an unnatural conformation, leading to bone spavins in horses with good natural conformation.

What is a bog spavin in horses?

What is bog spavin? Bog spavin is excessive fluid in the largest of the hock joints. This can result in slight or severe enlargement of the hock. One or both hocks may be affected. It is more commonly seen in younger horses, although it can occur at any age.

What is Ringbone horse?

Ringbone is a lameness condition that affects the pastern and coffin joints in horses. This is a degenerative disease that continues to worsen over time. The right treatment and ongoing management, though, can slow the progression of the condition. Types of Ringbone.

Where is a horses fetlock?

Fetlock is a term used for the joint where the cannon bone, the proximal sesamoid bones, and the first phalanx (long pastern bone) meet. The pastern is the area between the hoof and the fetlock joint.

What are horse splints?

‘Splints’ refer to a hard, bony swelling that appears on the inside (or occasionally outside) of the horse’s lower leg. They are caused by damage to the splint bones or the ligament between the splint and cannon bone. Although they can occur at any age, they are common in younger horses in training.

Does laminitis go away?

Laminitis is a crippling condition which can be fatal in severe cases. Once a horse has had an episode of laminitis, they are particularly susceptible to future episodes. Laminitis can be managed but not cured which is why prevention is so important.

Can laminitis be reversed?

Can a horse with laminitis be cured? Once an animal has had laminitis, they will be at an increased risk of getting it again. The current episode can be cured, but it is likely that laminitis will occur again at some point in the future.

What will a vet do for laminitis?


Your vet is likely to prescribe painkillers and advise a period of box rest with a deep bed of shavings. Once the pain has initially been managed, your horse’s hooves may have to be trimmed by your farrier to relieve any pressure and sole or frog supports fitted.

How do you get rid of Windpuffs?

There is usually nothing you can do to prevent the formation of windpuffs. Even bandaging and sweats will only temporarily decrease the effusion, which will usually return a few hours after bandage removal. Once windpuffs have developed, there is rarely anything that can be done to correct them.

When should I worry about Windgalls?

If heat and lameness are present, the enlarged windgall is most likely ‘inflammatory’ – a more worrying development indicating underlying injury. An inflammatory tendinous windgall usually affects one leg more than the others and is likely to be accompanied by a degree of lameness, although this may be subtle at first.

How do you get rid of Windgalls?

Treatment of a windgall is an antiphlogistine poultice and cold compresses. Soak the leg in Epsom salts and lukewarm water for 20 minutes, cold-hose the entire leg for 20 minutes, and apply a kaolin-based poultice to the affected area. Follow the instructions on the tub. Repeat until the swellings have subsided.

Can a horse heal from a sesamoid injury?

Treating sesamoid injuries

In many cases they are fully treatable with little to no lasting effects. Rest and rehabilitation are key, with a period of time on box rest required. In all cases of a seamed injury it is important to reduce the inflammation within the fetlock area.

Is sesamoiditis curable?

Sesamoiditis is especially common among certain types of athletes and dancers. The condition usually stems from straining or overworking the tendons. Sesamoiditis is usually treatable with rest and anti-inflammatory medications.

How do you relieve sesamoid pain?


  1. Stop the activity causing the pain.
  2. Take aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve the pain.
  3. Rest and ice the sole of your feet.
  4. Wear soft-soled, low-heeled shoes.
  5. Use a felt cushioning pad to relieve stress.

Do spurs hurt the horse?

Ideally, spurs do not hurt horses. That being said, spurs can lead to skin scratches, bleeding, and other pain if used incorrectly. For this reason, spurs should not be worn by inexperienced riders. More specifically, spurs should only be worn by experienced riders on horses that need spurs.

Can you ride a horse with fused hocks?

Once the hocks are fused, any discomfort or lameness tends to be eliminated, and the horse should usually be able to carry on in normal work.

How do you dissolve bone spurs naturally?

How to dissolve bone spurs naturally

  1. 1 – Stretching. Stretching your toes, feet, and ankles can alleviate pressure and strain whether you experience a toe bone spur or a heel bone spur.
  2. 2 – Footwear.
  3. 3 – Ice packs.
  4. 4 – Vitamins and supplements.
  5. 5 – Massage therapy.

Is bone spavin a blemish?

A bog spavin is considered a blemish, but should be taken as a warning sign. Bog spavins are often seen on horses with straight hocks, or when horses with weak hock conformation do work that is hard for their hocks. Bone spavin is arthritis in the small bones of the hock, caused by too much stress or concussion.

Should I buy a horse with bog spavin?

The prognosis for soundness in a horse with bog spavin depends on the cause of the effusion. In most cases, horses with bog spavin are not lame so the prognosis for soundness would be considered good.

Is bone spavin hereditary?

It is thought to be caused by repeated compression and rotation of the small bones within the hock; although in some breeds e.g. Icelandic there may also be a hereditary component. Horses with poor hock conformation e.g. sickle or cow hocks are more prone to develop the condition.