Kicks

Some kicks will result in an obvious wound (see Wounds) whereas others may not break the skin surface but still result in damage to underlying structures.

Some areas of the limbs are particularly susceptible to damage to the bone including:

  • The inner forearm (on the inside just above the knee)
  • The inside of the lower thigh (just above and on the inside of the hock).

These types of kicks may not result in immediate severe lameness but the damage caused may be enough to cause a fatal fracture at a later date, especially when the horse is turned out or worked.

What to do:

All kicks should be fully discussed with your vet to assess the possibility that unseen damage could have been sustained and to decide upon the most appropriate treatment.

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