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Fracture of Neck Vertebrae

These are uncommon fractures but occur more often in young horses in early training, and usually involves the neck (cervical) vertebrae.

The injury can occur in a variety of ways but commonly occurs when horses pull back when tied, fall on their side, or flip over backwards.

Severity and prognosis of spinal fractures depend on whether or not the spinal cord is damaged and the general characteristics of the fracture. In a complete or severe fracture, the spinal cord may be damaged or swollen, causing wobbliness, paralysis or weakness.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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