Fracture

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Fracture

There are many different types of fractures which can occur in horses. Most usually occur during high-speed exercise or resulting from trauma sustained while turned out in the pasture. Treatment options and prognosis of the injury are dependent on the location of the fracture, configuration, affordability, use of horse, size of horse, and available treatment facilities and equipment.

Symptoms

Sudden, severe lameness
Profuse sweating
Anxiousness
Increased heart rate
Abnormal contour, angle, or shape of the limb
Swelling
Bleeding

Diagnosis

  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear scintigraphy
  • MRI

Treatment

If horse needs to be transported, the limb must be appropriately immobilized using bandaging and splinting or application of bandage casts and commercial splints. However if unsure of the location of the injury, random bandaging and splinting is ill advised.

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