Horse Diseases Affecting The Hock Joint Treatment By Ayurveda


The hock, tarsal, or gambrel, is the joint found in mammals with four legs such as a horse, dogs, cats, etc. The Hock joint is also known as the tarsal joint. This is a larger joint of horses and all the movements occur here.  It always communicates with the proximal intertarsal joint. The tarsal joint has more complex ligaments than other joints in animals. In this article, we will discuss the diseases of horses that affect the hock joint in them. Also, we will discuss various ayurvedic medications for the management of these diseases and joint deformities. 

Horse Hock Joint


The hock joint or the tarsal joint in horses is formed from the combination of four joints, named the talocrural joint, proximal intertarsal joint, distal intertarsal joint, and tarsometatarsal joint. Some horses have all four joints connected while some have a difference, which completely depends on the type of horse. Common diseases or deformities of hock joints seen in horses are-

Bone spavin: It is Arthritis of the distal hock joint. It is more common in performance horses and is mainly seen in older horses and rarely in young horses.

Curb: It is a typical strain that thickens the ligament that runs down the back of the hock (plantar tarsal ligament). While this is not a fatal type and does not affect the performance of the joint.

Bog spavin: It is normal inflammation of the hock joint that can occur as a result of any disease, trauma, or infection, and may or may not be present with lameness.

Ayurvedic Aspect 

Ayurveda blames Vata dosha aggravation and tri doshas imbalance for such joint-related problems and deformities. Tridoshas play the same role in the body of animals as in the body of human beings, yet the dose and diet for the pacification of doshas differ. Many internal and external medications are recommended the animals to manage such deformities effectively. Detailed information regarding the treatment in Ayurveda is explained further in the article.


Disorders of the tarsus joint are idiopathic (unknown cause) or can be occurred due to the following reasons

  • Congenital defects
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Developmental issues
  • Other bone-related problems


The clear symptoms your horse may show on being suffering from hock joint disease can include

  • Intermittent lameness
  • Inflammation of the joint
  • Resistance to going downhill.
  • Reduced springs over jumps
  • Heat and redness in the particular joint area
  • Initial stiffness ( that can be improved during warm-up)
  • Soreness in the lower back muscles of the hock joint.
  • The shortened hind-end gate


Physical symptoms are examined to rule out the diagnosis of deformity of the hock joint in horses. Along with it

  • Radiographic lesions are seen in X-ray.
  • History taking of the horse
  • Abnormal growth in the joint is examined


The treatment for this joint disease includes direct application, oral medications, or direct injection of the drug into the joint area (intra-articular injections) with drugs such as

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Analgesics
  • Corticosteroids
  • Therapy
  • Rest
  • Supporting pads
  • Surgery

Ayurvedic medications for the management of horse hock joint deformities by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a pharmaceutical company that is also US-FDA-recognised. Planet Ayurveda prepares its medicines in its well-personalized pharmacy in authentic ways. The herbal medicines manufactured are prescribed worldwide by Ayurvedic doctors for the management of several medical issues related to human beings and animals. Our medicines are completely herbal and do not contain any resin, color, or chemical. The preparation of our remedies is based on ancient Ayurvedic principles. 

Herbal medicines of Planet Ayurveda that are used in the treatment of hock joint diseases are as follows. These patent medications of Planet Ayurveda are very effective because they are prepared authentically with various herbs. These herbs prevent complications in your horse that occur with modern treatment and will naturally improve the quality of life of the horse.

Product List

1. Yograj Guggul

2. Joint Aid Plus

3. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

4. Ashwagandha CapsulesHerbal Remedies For Horse Hock Joint

Herbal Remedies For Horse Hock Joint



Product Description

1. Yograj Guggul

Purely formed Yograj guggul tablets of planet Ayurveda are widely used in Ayurvedic management for various types of joint-related issues- diseases affecting bone, joints, and bone marrow, even in animals. Also, it increases the strength and immunity of your horse. Tablets help manage Vata dosha imbalance in the animal when given in perfect dose.

Dosage:  Give 6 tablets of yograj guggul to the horse daily.

2. Joint Aid Plus

These ayurvedic capsules are prepared from a combination of herbs such as Guggul (Commiphora guggul), Sonth (Zingiber officinalis), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), etc. as the name suggests, these capsules aid the joints to provide muscular strength to the horse. Making your horse consume these capsules regularly will slow down the symptoms of the disease.

Dosage: Give 4 capsules of joint aid plus twice daily.

3. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

Natural Herbs- Curcumin (Curcuma longa) and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) are very famous and are used by Planet Ayurveda in preparing these wonderful capsules. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immunity-enhancing properties that will help to improve the health condition of your horse joint by improving proper blood circulation through the joint and affected area. 

Dosage: Give 4 capsules of Boswellia curcumin twice daily.

4. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha is a well-known Ayurvedic herb due to its excellent medicinal properties. These capsules are made from standard extracts of Ashwagandha directly purified and transformed into capsules. The needed dose of the capsules will enhance immunity and pacify the adverse symptoms of disease in the horse.

Dosage: Give 4 ashwagandha capsules twice daily. 



Yet these hock joint diseases may or may not be fatal while some of these joint diseases tend to recur (bog spavin). Also if not treated properly with medications may result in serious outcomes. Using steroids for such problems may compromise the strength of your horse. Long-term use will be needed which is not at all recommended and is not safe. While on the other hand, Ayurveda has a wide option of herbs to treat these hock joint-related issues. These ayurvedic medicines will not compromise the strength of your horse but will enhance the strengthening power and immunity along with managing the disease. For any queries or adverse effects free natural treatment for your horse, please visit us at 


Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit -,

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