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Fractures Owner Factsheet

If you have ever been around horses, you will be aware of the frequency with which horses injure themselves compared to our other pets. This may be partly related to the flight rather than fight response horses have to certain situations. They also have a large body mass (often in excess of 500 kg) on a relatively thin support structure (limbs) which is poorly protected by muscle coverage. Horses are athletes and these factors combined, make severe injuries in the horse inevitable. Fractures represent a serious, potentially life-threatening injury in the horse.

Image: Middle phalanx: fracture - flexed DP radiograph
©Rossdale and Partners Diagnostic Centre

What do I do if I suspect my horse has a fracture?

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What will happen when my veterinarian arrives?

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How are fractures diagnosed?

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My horse has a fracture what does this mean?

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What happens during the healing period?

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What are the potential complications during the healing process?

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