This section is from the book "The Farmers Ready Reference Or Hand Book Of Diseases Of Horses And Cattle", by S. C. Orr. . Also available from Amazon: The Farmer's Ready Reference;.
Dislocation of a joint in the horse is not of very common occurrence, although it may happen sometimes. When it does take place it is generally serious, as the violence required to cause a dislocation of the joint is generally so great as to rupture the ligaments surrounding it. In all cases of dislocation we advise calling a veterinarian as promptly as possible, as a knowledge of the anatomy of the parts to be treated is necessary to success. If no veterinarian can be found, the animal may be secured and the reduction of the dislocation attempted, governing the operation as the case demands, as no special rules can be laid down that would be of material benefit to the inexperienced. When the parts are brought into position they may be held in place by bandaging as in fracture.