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post #1 of 6 Old 12-30-2010, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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fractured coffin bone

recently my pony fractured his coffin bone of his back right and I was wondering if any of you have some advice thx
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-30-2010, 03:09 PM
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No advice, but what does your vet say about his prognosis?
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Depends on the severity. Sometimes they are fine for pets if it isn't to bad.
Sometime a shoe with a leather pad in between the shoe and hoof works for light use then again it all depends on how severe it is. Hope this helps you.
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Hi,

I haven't had any personal experience with this problem, only known of a couple of instances, but basically first & foremost find a *good* equine vet to consult with, if you haven't already(tho I'm assuming you've already consulted a vet & got xrays). I think this is one of those problems that do truly need rest. So hopefully he's comfortable in a stable, otherwise a small yard with deep shavings or such. Get his shoe off if he has them & ensure the hoof is well trimmed(you won't be able to do the opposite one without throwing him) and he will need his feet well & softly padded and be kept on soft bedding.
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No advice, but how did he do that?

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-31-2010, 08:54 AM
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Again, It depends on where the fracture is and if it is displaced. I had one fracture the lateral side breaking front to rear. About 3/4 of the coffin bone was on one side of the fracture and about 1/4 was 'broken off'.

We used a bar shoe with side clips and a pad and he healed just fine. It took about 6 or 7 months but we did not put him back to work for about a year.

We put him in a pen with a load of sand for the first 6 months. X-rayed again an turned him out until the next year. We carefully changed his bar shoe every 6 weeks. We have a Horse Shoeing School near us and they did all of this for the price of a regular shoeing job. They drilled tiny pilot holes to keep from having to hit the nails very hard.

I have known others that never got 100% sound, but I do not think the owners went the extra mile to keep it stable.

One of the problems with a hind hoof is that the horses have a tendency to keep it flexed and barely step on the toe and never set it flat. If that is the case, they really need a toe extension to force the heel down so that the deep flexor tendon does not contract. I have seen several horses recover from a fracture or severe leg wound only to be permanently crippled from contracted tendons.
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