Strain Of the Fetlock Joint
Strain Of the Fetlock Joint. The symptoms of this injury are similar to those of strain in the back sinews; the fetlock joint appears swollen and inflamed, attended by lameness. The horse must be copiously bled, and kept tranquil in a roomy stall; in slight cases this will be sufficient. A few emollient poultices, in bad cases, will be necessary, and the body should be kept cool by moderate aperients. Firing the limb is frequently practised by veterinarians as a sure preventive against the recurrence of the injury; this operation also tends to strengthen the joint. After a rest of about a fortnight, in the stable, he may be turned out to grass in an enclosed field, when he will gradually recover.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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