Equine Veterinary

From: Horse Ailments

See also: Horse Care

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Sesamoiditis is a painful condition affecting the proximal sesamoid bones that are found in the rear of the fetlock.

Sesamoiditis is caused when the fetlock and therefore the proximal sesamoid bones are put under a great deal of stress, often on a regular basis such as seen with high performance show jumpers, racehorses and event horses.

Because the sesamoid bones are an integral part of the horses suspensory apparatus any inflammation or pain will cause lameness and if not recognized or treated promptly can lead to further damage to the area occurring.

The horse may appear lame in the limbs affected with heat and swelling around the fetlock joint also present.

The course of treatment and aftercare will depend on the severity of the condition and the full extent of the damage done, your vet may advise: