Some joints in animals are given common names that tend to be confusing. For example:
- The joint between the femur and the tibia on the hind leg is our knee but the stifle in animals.
- Our ankle joint (between the tarsals and metatarsals) is the hock in animals
- Our knuckle joint (between the metacarpals or metatarsals and the phalanges) is the fetlock in the horse.
- The “knee” on the horse is equivalent to our wrist (ie on the front limb between the radius and metacarpals) see diagrams 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.17 and 6.18.
Diagram 6.18 - The names of common joints of a horse
Diagarm 6.19 - The names of common joints of a dog