Ever left a leg going cross-country? Or had your horse trip and go down on their knees? The horse’s knees can be prone to injury, either through accidents or wear and tear. This is why it is vital to check and monitor your horse’s knees and ice them after exercise. This blog article outlines the role of the horse’s knee joints and how our equine ice boots can help when it comes to icing the knees effectively.
Equine Knee Anatomy
The horse’s knee is a complex area. The knee, formally known as the carpus, consists of a collection of small bones that form the radoiocarpal, inter carpal and carpometacarpal joints. These joints allow for movement and weight bearing. These bones are held together and connected to the radius, cannon and splint bones via ligaments. The ligaments maintain joint stability and allow shock absorption.
Common Horse Knee Injuries
Injuries to the knee can often affect either the soft tissues (as a result of sprains and strains, for example) or bone issues. Osteoarthritis can also affect the knees, and is often related to trauma and wear and tear.
Acute knee injuries tend to occur in horses used for disciplines involving jumping and / or speed. Leaving a leg going cross-country or making a tight turn on the show jumping course can result in a knee injury.
However, wear and tear related knee problems can occur in horses in any discipline. The concussion, twisting and stretching of the knee involved in dressage, for example, could result in knee problems.
Cryochaps Equine Ice Boots
Knocks to the knees can cause damage and are very hard to ice! However the Absolute Wrap equine ice boots by Cryochaps can be applied to knees, giving the benefit of cooling and compression to any injured areas. Simply wet the leg, wrap and strap for the benefits of cooling and compression.
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