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Home:Equine Diseases: Equine Sesamoiditis

Equine Diseases

Equine Diseases - Sesamoiditis

Description of Equine Sesamoiditis



Equine Sesamoiditis is a painful inflammation of the sesamoid bones behind the horse’s fetlock.  Sesamoiditis is most often seen in thoroughbreds such as race horses and show jumpers.

The Causes of equine Sesamoiditis can be caused by factors such as excess stress on the fetlock joint, incorrect shoeing, overweight or even a genetic component which predisposes the horse to Sesamoiditis.


The Symptoms of equine Sesamoiditis range from warmth in the affected area, pain when touched, lameness and swelling of the affected area.


Diagnosis of Sesamoiditis should be made by a combination of clinical symptoms and x-ray with treatments for Sesamoiditis ranging over the following:

  • anti-inflammatory medication
  • Injections of cortisone
  • intra-articular treatment with hyaluronic acid
  • strapping to immobilize the big toe
  • special orthotics such as egg bar shoes or paten shoes which will help to take pressure off the affected area
  • Cryotherapy
  • Shockwave
  • local Tildren injections
  •  Rest
  • elastic bandage around the joint.