Navicular bone fractures in the horse

Authors: 
C.M. Colles
Volume: 
23
Number: 
5
Pages: 
255-261
Journal: 
Equine Veterinary Education
Date: 
May 2011

Avulsion fractures from the distal border of the navicular bone are relatively common, but normally of little clinical significance. Other fractures are uncommon and have a poor prognosis. Surgical fixation of parasagittal fractures (lag screw) is technically quite difficult, but potentially improves the prognosis for return to work to about 80%. If surgical fixation is not possible, then farriery to raise the heels of the foot may be of benefit.

Large animal: