5 Common Things You Won’t Find in a Horse Vet’s Barn
Horses are really good at getting hurt. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, once treated a horse with a metal pitchfork-tine—skewered hoof. Barn staff left the fork in the wheelbarrow, which was blocking the stall, while momentarily stepping away. Upon returning, the worker found the horse standing on the fork, which had pierced the bottom of the foot and come out the back of the heel/pastern.
“Amazingly, after surgery and a long recovery, he was absolutely fine,” said Arbittier, who’s an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center School of Veterinary Medicine, in Kennett Square.
Sharp metal prongs aren’t the only things that can injure a horse. Samantha Parkinson, DVM, CVMMP, the equine field service resident at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, has seen several horses impale themselves on wooden handles of pitchforks
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