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Arthritis and osteoarthritis

Picture on the right: improvement after ONE (!) trim.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. The breakdown of the joint cartilage leads to pain and paralysis, and just as we humans feels the horse to osteoarthritis especially in cold and wet weather. It is not possible to heal osteoarthritis, but it is possible to treat osteoarthritis in different ways and thus stop or slow down the course of the disease.

There are various types of osteoarthritis: idiopathic generalized osteoarthritis, post-traumatic osteoarthritis and deforming osteoarthritis. The idiopathic arthrosis is most common and affects the aging of the horses. The posttraumatic arthritis affects an individual joint as a result of an injury. For example, the deforming arthrosis of a horse can be called a splash and then occurs in the sliding guide of the rabbit. This type of osteoarthritis is caused by over-stress.

There are many types of osteoarthritis in horses and as many ways to treat them. If a horse is tackled by osteoarthritis, the hooves often show a partial abrasion. My work involves reducing pain and increasing the horse’s ability to move.