Hygroma of the Knee

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A Hygroma of the knee is a swelling on the front of the knee.


Hygroma of the knee can be caused by the horse hitting its knee on something eg. banging on the stable door or knocking it while traveling. It can also be caused by insufficient bedding.


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 Hygroma of the knee pad the stable door with rubber or foam, ensure you provide your horse with a thick bed and always ensure that your horse's knees are protected while travelling.

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