“Oh No! My horse is in excruciating pain, he must have broken his leg!” – is a symptom combined with a diagnosis, both of which are assumptions. Instead of speculating or jumping to conclusions, it is best to begin by looking for OBSERVATIONS.
Perhaps the horse is non-weight bearing lame, reluctant to move forward, or the affected limb is swollen? Perhaps there is heat and a digital pulse in the hoof wall? By using the proper diagnostics – including a physical exam and discussion with you – your veterinarian may determine that it’s not a fracture at all, but merely a sole abscess.