In most cases, arthritis is known to affect older horses. It can, however, appear in the joints of younger horses, as well. This degenerative joint disease consists of the deterioration of cartilage, soft tissues, and bone. While it’s not reversible, it can be managed through various treatment options. It’s important you’re aware of what causes this condition!
Causes of Arthritis
- Heavy wear and tear on the joints
- Hard training at a young age
- Trauma to or near the joint
- Poor conformation (like upright hocks)
- Infection in the joint can cause septic arthritis
- A young horse growing too rapidly
- Poor or inconsistent farrier care
- Long layoff periods
- Obesity and lack of fitness
- OCD and inflammation can lead to it
Check out 5 Signs of Arthritis in Horses, if you suspect your horse many have this joint condition. It can cause a lot of pain and discomfort!
Some treatment options include daily exercise, anti-inflammatories, steroids, joint injectables, and alternative therapies like acupuncture. It doesn’t have to be a career-ending diagnoses! There are many options to help your horse feel more comfortable.