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Equine Ringbone: Process, Progress, and Prognosis

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Equine Ringbone: Process, Progress, and Prognosis
Horses with high ringbone will develop a body buildup around the pastern joint that might be evident as a swelling above the hoof line. | Photo: Erica Larson/The Horse

How veterinarians and farriers manage this degenerative arthritic condition

We’ve all been there: We wake up on our day off, which also happens to be the first day we’ve seen the sun in a week. Excitedly, we head out to the barn to tack up for a ride and, instead, find our horse favoring a foot.

Let’s say in this instance, upon closer examination, we notice heat and swelling just above the hoof or, perhaps, even a bony lump. What’s the next step—call the farrier, or call the veterinarian?

The answer is both. As it turns out, veterinarian, farrier, and owner form the optimal team to determine a treatment plan for hoof-associated issues, especially if your horse’s clinical signs lead to a ringbone

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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