Equine Ailments - A to Z
Bursal Strains and Injuries (bursitis) - Damage to the bursae (sacs) around bony areas causes an over-production of the lubricating synovial fluid contained within the joints, and this shows as soft swelling or a ‘bursal’ enlargement. Bog spavins, wingalls and thoroughpins are bursal strains. They are not very serious but may, at the onset, be painful and cause lameness. Treatment includes rest, cold hosing and massage. Capped hocks, elbows and knees are bursal injuries and are often painless, although it is sometimes advisable to drain the fluid from the area and apply a pressure bandage to prevent more building up.