Joints, Tendons & Ligaments

Lameness is the most common cause of poor performance in equine athletes. Most sports injuries are usually musculoskeletal in origin (i.e. bone, muscle, tendons and ligaments). Following diagnosis of the cause of lameness, there are a number of ways in which injuries can be treated by our Rossdales' clinicians.

Common sports and exercise injuries

  • Tendon and ligament injuries – particularly the suspensory ligament and flexor tendons
  • Joint ‘sprain’ or repetitive loading injury – commonly high motion joints in the lower limb
  • Acute bone ‘bruising’ – caused by direct trauma or abnormal loading
  • Muscle strains – tears in muscle causing loss of function
  • Stress fractures of the limbs and pelvis – frequently occur in racehorses

Treatment and management of sports and exercise-related injuries

For further information, please contact our diagnostic centre clinicians on 01638 577754, or email

Treatment & Therapeutics