Lameness is defined as an abnormal stance or gait caused by either a structural or a functional disorder of the locomotor system the horse is either unwilling or unable to stand or move normally lameness is the most common cause of loss of use in horses it can be caused by trauma congenital or . Determining the cause of lameness can be tricky because of the complexity of the horses limbs and feet and the multitude of diseases deformities injuries and conformation issues that can affect the way a horse moves. Lameness due to splints is most common in 2 year old horses undergoing training the lameness is most obvious while the horse is trotting or working or soon thereafter lameness may come and go or be present continuously for as long as a year. With horse lameness in the front end people often wonder if there is a problem in the shoulder thats because the shoulder always compensates for problems in the leg and that makes the shoulder move funny the shoulder itself is rarely the culprit of front end lameness less than 5 of the time
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