| A Capped Elbow is where a swelling develops on the elbow. |
A Capped Elbow is caused by the heel of the front shoe repeatedly knocking the horse while jumping or lying down.
If the swelling is recognized in the early stages and you prevent the cause of the swelling reoccurring, then no further treatment is necessary. Using a topical application may assist with the reduction of the swelling.
If the swelling is large and unsightly your vet can drain off the fluid, however the swelling often reforms.
Very large swellings that do not respond to any treatment, can be surgically removed.
To prevent a Capped Elbow use a sausage boot. A sausage boot is worn around the pastern and it helps prevent the heal from rubbing the horse's elbow.