Conditions or ailments that are the cause of a problem that you see - your observation.

Your vet may diagnose

Fracture of Carpal Bone Chip & Slab


Fractures of the small bones in the carpus (incorrectly called the knee) are very common because of overload of the front surfaces of the bone during intense galloping.

The key is early recognition and removal of fragments before the cycle of chronic arthritis sets in and irreparable damage is done to the joint. Even tiny fractures cause an intense inflammatory process in the joint, which rapidly destroys cartilage and inflames the joint. A cycle of joint inflammation and destruction follows.

my vet's role


Depends on severity of injury and how quickly the joint is treated appropriately. Early arthroscopic surgery helps prevent onset of arthritis.

my role


I might observe

You might make these observations when a horse has this condition.

Very Common
Less Common
more observations

Questions To Ask Your Vet:
  • Can I change the way my horse is trained to reduce the likelihood of this problem?
  • What will the prognosis difference be with prompt surgery versus not?

Select horses with excellent conformation, especially of the carpus. Ensure horses are adequately conditioned for the work performed.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP