The #1 cause for lameness in horses is inflammation of the fetlocks. These metacarpophalangeal and metatarsophalangeal joints, commonly referred to as the “ankle” area, are particularly susceptible to swellings known as “wind puffs”, “wind galls”, or “road puffs”. Critical to a horse’s movement, the dynamic fetlocks are also very sensitive. Leg Saver Therapy will restore balance to lame and compromised areas, and will also remove inflammation in fetlocks quickly. Signs of Compromised Fetlocks.
When dealing with fetlock and ankle issues, generally the problem is in the rear; whether it be the hocks, whirl bone, sacroiliac, hamstrings or something else. However, when the horse changes its gait for any reason, it places tremendous stress on the front legs. This shifting of weight to the front legs is the cause for most front lameness including the tendon ligament and joint problems. Rear end problems must be addressed before you can achieve front end soundness.
Swelling: Wind Puffs
Wind Puffs are one of the most irritating problems as the horse is not lame, but the puffs are prevalent enough to cause an issue. Wind Puffs are a result of rear end pain issues. If not treated immediately, they will become much more problematic in the future.
How to Prevent Permanent Damage
If you want to avoid permanent damage to the joint, begin by applying poultice on the joint regularly. The Leg Saver will kill any arthritis in the fetlocks and thicken the synovial fluid for smoother functioning of the ankle area. If no chips or internal fractures are present, the Leg Saver will ensure positive results.