Fractures of the withers in horses

P. Piat, L. Blond, Mathieu Spriet, Larry D Galuppo, S. Laverty

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The objective was to determine the prognostic features and long-term outcome of withers fractures in horses. Medical records and radiographs of 14 horses with withers fractures from 2 veterinary teaching hospitals were reviewed. Case details, presentation, clinical signs, radiographs, treatment and outcome were assessed. In all cases, withers fractures were found to occur following a fall on the back. Although horses were often presented with severe acute clinical signs, the long-term prognosis was good, in the absence of neurological signs, and following extended conservative management (an approximate 6 month rest period).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-588
Number of pages7
JournalEquine Veterinary Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Dorsal spinous process
  • Fracture
  • Horse
  • Withers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine


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