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Monday, February 22nd, 2016

 

Explained: Why do horses need to be put down when they break a leg, instead of letting it heal?

Horse bones are incredibly dense and fairly difficult to break, but when they do break they do not heal well, easily, or quickly and are very prone to infection. Most would die a slow painful death from infection, even with antibiotics and other medical care. Those that survive would most likely not have full use of the leg, and have a leg prone to break again. There are several reasons: Horses are pretty weird anatomically – they have no muscles below the knee. Part of their ability to run superRead More