I have a 3 year old paint gelding that was diagnosed with a coffin bone wing fracture. The initial inury happened about a month ago and was originally misdiagnosed (after a chunk of change in vet and chiropractor bills) with fetlock growing pains. He's having front shoes put on this week as recommended. Has anyone had this type of injury before?? Opinions on his prognosis?? Anything I can do to help him bedsides stall rest?? Any info would be much appreciated!
Yes I know a horse that fractured its coffin bone. The horse was taken to a Veterinary School in the States, treated and eventually euthanised.
The prognosis for any type of fracture in a limb is usually not good. Personally I would look into stem cell or A cell therapy and the horse will need to be kept confined for sure. If there is a rehab center near you, after the initial healing some underwater exercise would be a good way to start getting him fit again without disrupting healing too much.
He is on straight stall rest for at least a week. He's having front shoes with a bar put on this week and he said hand walking would be ok?? The fracture seems to be stablized and isn't floating and starting to heal. All sounds good but now I'm starting to get a little nervous.
I had an amish friend that had a horse with minor fractured coffin bone he drove that horse in the buggy after it had healed. But he always put leather pads between the shoe and hoof and tried to not over work him.
Don't go getting freaked. The outlook for coffin bone fractures is not necessarily as bleak as people may say. Where the fracture is and how the horse responds have alot to do with how well they recover.
A friend of mine had a dutch warmblood that fractured her coffin bone. I can't remember how long she was down for... maybe a few months? But she healed and was given a clean bill of health with no lameness but it was a ton of stall rest and then tiny turn out pens....