A split pastern, where the first pastern bone cracks down the middle, is a common training and racing injury in thoroughbreds

‘Super Steve’ went lame on the cross-country course at Boekelo and was found to have a clean break in a lower leg bone

A racehorse at exercise

Survey links racing surfaces with stress fractures

Vets have long suspected that the incidence of certain injuries in racing varied according to the type of surface on the track


Could fractures in horses ever be predicted?

Recent research shows that it might be possible to predict fractures in the future using MRI


Putting a plaster cast on a horse’s broken leg

What are the potential complications of putting a horse’s limb in a cast?

Falls, kicks and collisions can lead to broken jaws — fractures can even be self-inflicted. But this part of the horse’s body is remarkably adept at healing

Breaking ribs is a painful injury for both horses and humans


Treating a horse with a broken leg

Expert veterinary advice on what makes horses’ legs so vulnerable to fractures and what can be done to heal them


Pelvic fractures

What are the causes and signs of pelvic fractures and what are the chances of recovery?


Dealing with life-threatening equine fractures

H&H asks how far vets should go to try and save a horse after a traumatic injury, such as a major fracture like that suffered by Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro