RINGBONE

Horse & Rider - - Ride & Train -

Lo­ca­tion: Ringbone lumps de­velop in the mid­dle of your horse’s pastern on the dor­sal (or front) sur­face. Don’t con­fuse this with the bumps in­side and out­side the pastern joint that are a nor­mal part of your horse’s anatomy.

What it is: Ringbone is most com­monly due to pastern-joint arthri­tis. The bumps ap­pear when bone pro­lif­er­ates as the body tries to form a “bridge” to sta­bi­lize the painful joint.

Look and feel: Ringbone is a hard, bony bump. By the time you de­tect it, a ringbone bump can be about the size of a grape or al­mond, al­though it can grow to wal­nut-size over time.

Should you worry: The short an­swer: Yes. Many horses with ringbone be­come very lame. If you de­tect these bumps, have your horse ex­am­ined. Ex­pect that your vet will want to take ra­dio­graphs to eval­u­ate the area.

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