A fractured or splinted bone in a horse is a serious injury that requires immediate veterinary attention. Horses are large and powerful animals, and fractures can be especially challenging to manage. Here are some general guidelines you might consider, but please consult with a veterinarian for specific advice based on the individual circumstances of the horse and the nature of the injury:
Call a veterinarian immediately to report the injury and get guidance on what to do next.
Keep the Horse Calm:
Try to keep the horse calm and as immobile as possible. Limit your movement to prevent further injury.
Do Not Attempt to Treat the Fracture Yourself:
Do not attempt to splint or treat the fracture on your own, as improper handling can worsen the injury.
Bleeding Control (if present):
If there is bleeding, you can use a clean cloth or bandage to apply gentle pressure to the wound, but avoid causing additional stress to the horse.
Offer the horse a quiet and comfortable space to stand or lie down. Do not force the horse to move, especially if it’s in pain.
Follow Veterinary Advice:
Follow the instructions given by the veterinarian. They may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, to assess the extent of the injury.
Transporting the Horse:
If transportation is necessary, follow the veterinarian’s advice on how to move the horse safely. This may involve using a specialized trailer or vehicle.
Remember that fractures in horses can be complex, and the treatment plan will depend on the location and severity of the fracture. The veterinarian will assess the situation, provide pain management, and may recommend surgical intervention or other appropriate measures.
Seeking prompt veterinary care is crucial for the well-being and recovery of the horse. The veterinarian will be able to provide a more accurate diagnosis and recommend the best course of action based on the specific circumstances of the injury.