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Re: RC: horse with dislocated shoulder

In a message dated 4/28/01 9:11:07 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

A horse doesn't have a shoulder joint.
(They can have a dropped elbow, which may be what you're referring to?).

I'd have a Vet look at the horse.
Sounds more they severe muscle stain, and maybe even a muscle tear
if there's alot of swelling... or it could be under the scapula (shoulder


The horse most certainly does have a shoulder joint. The same one as a
human, GlenoHumeral joint. Where the upper arm articulates at the scapula.
You may be thinking of the SternoClavicular joint which a horse does not
have, since it doesn't have a clavicle, in fact no animal that doesn't climb
or hang has a clavicle. Leads me to think the clavicle is an evolutionary
bone spur!
There are 4 muscles that are responsible for keeping the humerus and the
scapula intact, the rotator cuff muscles: Infraspinatus, Supraspinatus,
Subscapularis and Terres. Any and all of these will be affected by a
dislocation or severe strain. The joint capsule will also be affected.
This is definitely a situation where a Vet needs to be consulted.


Jim Pascucci
Advanced Certified Rolfer

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