Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
In humans it can be a very serious thing. I'm not an Vet so I can only liken it to human ribs. So lets just say, in humans if the ribs are indeed broken... not cracked... but truly broken, then you're talking about shards of bone floating around in the chest cavity. A lower rib fracture has the complication of potentially injuring the diaphragm, which could result in a diaphragmatic hernia. And while this is sited in human injury, I don't see how the same couldn't result in horses. I for one don't love to have to call my vet. Especially when you know darn well that he's going to tell you a bunch of stuff that you already know. However, in the case of bones, tendons, and possible internal organs/bleeding, I would suck it up. Haha!
Let us know how your little one turns out.
Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.