Catastrophic Injuries in Horses

In the context of equine veterinary medicine, the term “catastrophic injury” refers to a severe musculoskeletal injury sustained by athletic horses during racing or training that results in an acute lameness. Catastrophic injuries are relatively rare, and even rarer these injuries become career-limiting. It is even more uncommon that catastrophic injuries result in humane euthanasia.

The entire horse industry is working toward the goal of eliminating catastrophic injuries. Many factors contribute to injuries, including durability of the horses, use of pharmaceutical drugs too close to racing, differences in track surfaces, and underlying musculoskeletal disease.  

This free report provides the horse owner and caretaker with an overview of the cause and prevention of catastrophic injuries.