Definition: The knee of the horse is made of several small bones. Although it is called the knee and bends forward like a human knee it is different in structure to a human knee. A human’s knee joint is a hinge joint. A horse’s knee is several bones held together by small muscles, tendons and ligaments. The bones in the knee are similar to the bones of a human’s wrists. The stifle joint is actually closer in structure to a human knee.
Examples: The knees on a horse should be wide and flat.