Equine Fractures: What’s Fixable?

Technological advances and improved surgical procedures mean horses have a better chance of surviving a fracture.
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A fracture for a horse was once considered a death sentence. But now, thanks to advances in technology and improvements in surgical procedures, a horse’s prospects have significantly improved a horse’s chance of survival when faced with a broken bone.

At the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, taking place May 22-27 in Adelaide, South Australia, equine surgeon Benjamin Ahern, BVSc, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVSMR, ACVS, will be speaking about new techniques used to treat equine fractures.

“Horses are large powerful creatures that can cause remarkable damage to themselves and this can make fracture repair and management difficult,” he said. “However, over the past 20 to 30 years, we’ve made substantial progress in the way we treat and manage fractures. Owners who find themselves in the unfortunate position of having a horse with a fracture can now explore surgical options, giving the animal a greater chance of surviving the injury.”

Ahern said there are several key developments that have greatly increased the odds of a horse’s survival after sustaining a fracture

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