Friday, July 15, 2016

What is quittor?

Quittor is a disease associated with working draft horses (for some reason - it's rare in light horses). It's chronic inflammation of the cartilage in the foot, which can lead to death of the cartilage and extensive damage to the foot. It's caused by a deep infection in the foot, either from a puncture wound or an injury to the coronet or pastern.

Treatment is to drain the inflammation and horses often require surgery - meaning that before surgery on horses was easy, quittor could easily be a death sentence for the animal.

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