Q: My 17.2hh five-year-old CB x TB has been diagnosed with a windgall.
My instructor tells me this could have been caused by hard ground
and that my mare could have got it while turned out or being ridden.
give me some information on some possible causes and treatments?
swellings are very common in horses and are usually not a cause
for great concern. Windgalls are caused by a little more fluid and
pressure forming in the joints than is normal. As your instructor
said this can just be caused by concussion or hard work.
precaution is that you give your horse some supplements that support
joint function and provide the right nutrients for strong bones
and cartilage. I would suggest a good mineral supplement and one
of the joint lubricant formulae.
also be useful. Such supplements should be given over a period of
several months to give them time to strengthen up the joints sufficiently.
to Windgall (1)
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