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Fracture Facts

Dr. Melissa MacKinnon, a board-certified veterinary surgeon at the Milton Equine Hospital in Campbellville, ON, says that the majority of fractures referred to the hospital occur in race horses, either during a race or during high-speed training. However, sport horses and even pleasure horses do occasionally break bones while out in the pasture or during other activities. Classifying the break Fractures in horses are classified and can be described in combinations of the following just as they are in humans: Simple fractures where the bone has a single break and the bone is now in two parts; Comminuted fractures where the bone breaks in multiple places; Incomplete fractures where there are cracks in the bone, but the bone is still in one piece – more common in foals, whose bones are softer and more flexible; Complete fractures where the crack has completely separated two parts of the bone; Non-displaced fractures…

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