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post #1 of 14 Old 07-05-2009, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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coffin bone fracture???

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!
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-05-2009, 09:35 PM
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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.

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Oh man, I am so sorry to hear about this. No, the prognosis isn't good. It doesn't take much for the injury become even worse.
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ugh not the responses I was hoping for. :( The xray showed that it was starting to heal. He's my baby boy!
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What has your vet suggested as far as what he can do? Poor boy!!
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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.
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Did he say anything about the possibility of further damage being ridden or running around in the pasture or anything?
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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.

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post #9 of 14 Old 07-06-2009, 11:04 AM
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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.

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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....

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