How To Treat Fetlock and Ankle Inflammation in a Horse

Treating Fetlock and Ankle Inflammation in a Horse

Fetlock and ankle inflammation is a common issue in performance horses and racehorses. Injury may involve the joint, or the surrounding soft tissues as well; this will be determined by the horse’s exercise regime and physical health maintenance.

Use the Leg Saver in this step-by-step guide to help heal the injury.

What Causes Inflammation and Lameness in Fetlocks and Ankles

The fetlock is a joint between the cannon bone and the pastern on the back of a horse’s leg, above the hoof. Its positioning clinches its status as a high motion joint that is most often impacted by force and stresses during movement. This constant subjection makes it highly susceptible to inflammation and lameness.

Another cause of lame ankles is inflammation of the hocks due to infection of the synovial fluids. A horse will adjust its gait to compensate for the stiffness and pain in its hocks, thereby putting undue stress on its fetlocks and ankles. Warm-to-the-touch hocks indicate an inflammation.

How Leg Saver Treats Fetlock and Ankle Inflammation

Our easy-to-use Ting Point Therapy method targets inflamed areas and attacks the bacteria. It will also start to repair the damaged cells at the back of the leg that are torn or injured.  With regular use, Leg Saver can reduce rehabilitation time and return your horse’s ankle to sound working order. See our YouTube video for step-by-step instructions on how to apply the wires, gel and Leg Saver wrap for maximum results when treating fetlocks (osselets), arthritis, and OCD.

Our treatment is also excellent therapy for horses who have had chips removed and post-operative maintenance.

Fetlock and Ankle Inflammation: What Not To Do

Lastly, we suggest never sweat or use a poultice on an inflamed ankle as it will increasingly aggravate the area over time.


For more information on Leg Saver’s unique waveform therapy, read about the Science Behind Leg Saver.