Can a horse recover from a fractured neck? Bruce Bladon MRCVS discusses the challenges of diagnosing and treating major spinal trauma

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

Laura Collett and Noble Bestman at home in 2011

Laura Collett’s Noble Bestman operated on to repair broken pastern

‘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

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


Is surgery ever an option for broken ribs?

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?