Joints: It All Hinges on This



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There are 205 bones in the horse’s skeleton. Eighty bones are in the horse’s four legs. The location where these bones come together is the joint. Movement of a horse is dependent on joints of various types. This second installment of the equine anatomy and physiology series focuses on synovial joints in the front limbs and hind limbs of the horse.

Because synovial joints are the most active and are more prone to problems than joints with little or no movement, good conformation of the fore limb and hind limb is key to joint health and maintenance.

In this free report, we provide the horse owner and caretaker with an overview of how synovial joints are constructed, where they are located, the functions they serve, and common problems that can develop.



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Les Sellnow was a prolific freelance writer based near Riverton, Wyoming. He specialized in articles on equine research, and operated a ranch where he raised horses and livestock. He authored several fiction and nonfiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse. He died in 2023.

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