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Other life threatening complications may yet arise including laminitis, surgery site infection and failure of the implants in the repaired fracture. Thanks to Coolmore Stud and Fethard Equine Hospital for their work to document St Nicholas Abbey's injury, treatment and recovery.
Instead of the weight of the horse being transferred through the injured leg, bone plates and screws the weight is now supported by this steel rod and the fiberglass cast.
This procedure in addition to the screws, plates and cast allow a repair which is as rigid and stable as possible.
It is important to realize that horses cannot stand on one front leg for a very long period of time, as they can quickly develop laminitis on the good supporting foot.
This in itself can be a life-threatening consequence of this type of injury.