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Sidebone

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Kathryn Owen


Sidebone

Foot problems are one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. Horses feet are remarkable; they support the entire weight of your horse (on average 500kg) and yet are only in contact with the ground over a very small area. This means that the structures in the foot are exposed to huge forces, particularly during exercise. The complex relationship that exists between the bony, cartilaginous and soft tissue structures of the foot is very important for bearing such heavy loads. The integrity of such structures is essential to the survival of the horse.

An x-ray of sidebone on either side of the foot
©Animal Health Trust

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