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This two-year-old horse has open knee joints.  The epiphyseal plates in the knees may not fully close until 3 years of age. The amount of weight bearing and types of exercise for young horses should be limited before their knees are fully developed.  Excessive strain can damage the knees before they are mature.

Conformation: Open knee joints on a two year old horse

Credit: Marci Rene' Charest

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Description: This two-year-old horse has open knee joints. The epiphyseal plates in the knees may not fully close until 3 years of age. The amount of weight bearing and types of exercise for young horses should be limited before their knees are fully developed. Excessive strain can damage the knees before they are mature.

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