Friday, 18 November 2016

All About ... Sidebone

What is it?

Calcification (formation of bone) of the cartilages attached to the wing of the pedal bone is known as sidebone.  It usually occurs in the front feet.  The cartilage should be elastic and is an important shock absorber for the foot.  More often seen in 'gentle giants' used for draught work on hard surfaces.  Although, overweight and obese horses are also more at risk.  It is similar to Ringbone.


  • Lameness is rare until sidebone is advanced 
  • Shortened stride 
  • Heat 
  • Pain 
  • Coronary band may bulge over the quarters of the hoof


  • Repeated concussion 
  • Uneven stress to the foot 
  • Poor conformation 
  • Poor trimming and shoeing over a period of time 
  • Trauma


X-rays or MRI's will confirm calcification of the cartilage. 


Anti-inflammatory drugs, rest.  Corrective shoeing can help and regular trimming.


Regular trimming and shoeing by an experienced farrier. 

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