Equine bone disorders

Bone remodeling and healing

Wolff’s Law – bone adapts to the load applied to it. More load -> bone strengthening. Less load -> bone atrophy. Generally loading is good. The bone remodels to fit the load as long as the forces are physiologic (not too much too soon).

This is the useful one

Note the appearance of Barnes dehorners in The Office video clip…


Bone is one tissue that will return to its original structure after damaged. But it doesn’t have to.

The periosteum is not as forgiving and will usually respond to trauma with reactive changes (see reaction around splint bone below).


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