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Osteochondrosis Owner Factsheet

Osteochondrosis (OCD) is a failure of normal cartilage and bone development at the joint surfaces of long bones. This leads to bone fragmentation or subchondral bone cysts which are common causes of lameness in the horse. Young horses are most frequently affected and the condition can have an important impact on the horses future athletic capabilities.

Image: Stifle: effusion - osteochondrosis
©Prof Derek Knottenbelt 

What are joints and how do they work?

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How and why does osteochondrosis occur?

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What types of osteochondrosis exist?

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How will I know if my horse has osteochondrosis?

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How is osteochondrosis diagnosed?

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Can osteocondrosis be treated?

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How can I prevent my horse from developing osteochondrosis?

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