Pedal bone fractures

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    This article has been edited and approved by Karen Coumbe MRCVS, H&H’s veterinary advisor since 1991.
  • Inside the hoof, the horse’s foot contains a single large bone (the pedal bone), with a smaller bone just behind it at the back of the foot (the navicular bone), and the bottom part of the short pastern bone, which forms the distal interphalangeal or coffin joint with the pedal bone.

    While improvements have been made in the treatment of bone fractures in horses in recent years, they typically remain difficult and expensive to repair, but pedal bone fractures are an exception to this. When the injury is diagnosed promptly, and treated correctly, the prognosis for full recovery can be excellent.

    Pedal bone fractures: Causes | Signs | Diagnosis | Treatment | Surgery | Prognosis

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