Fracture/end stage joint disease
While fractures are not common in horses, they do occur. Stabilization and immediate veterinary attention are critical to maximizing the patient’s final outcome. Simple fractures and foals have the best outcomes overall, while complex, multi-fragmented fractures tend to have a more guarded outcome.
Facilitated ankylosis (fusing) of a joint with end stage disease can provide comfort when no other treatment is providing relief from discomfort. Pastern joints and the lower joints of the hock are the most commonly fused, and there is sometimes an indication for fusion of other joint structures. Our surgeons are always available to discuss the best possible options for your horse.