Equine Peroneus Tertius – Part 2


Equine Peroneus Tertius – Part 2


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When I think back and begin to recall more of the details, the photos in this post are obviously far more positive and less severe in appearance than what existed during the hours, days and weeks following this accident. I really wanted to create a great infographic in an effort to demonstrate in a more visual way exactly what happened.

Thus far though, I’ve not been able to create a worthy visual that properly conveys what such a freak accident such as this would look like and do proper justice. So I’ll have to leave the visualization of a horse whose left hip and hind end is jacked up with the entire leg and hoof extended upward and backwards far beyond the normal range-of-motion – with a hoof stuck in between what for many years seemed to be an absolutely tiny, impossible space between the bars at the top of the stall door  – a place where a horse could not possibly get a hoof/foot lodged, or so we thought and a human feverishly cutting with a hacksaw to free the hoof, leg, stifle and hip…

While I’m not qualified to say what the average Peroneus Tertius/Avulsion Rupture injury should look or feel like, I can only relay my own observations. As one can imagine amidst all of the immediate chaos, raging emotions (and in working at night) with somewhat futile attempts made to take accurate digital x-rays in hopes of determining the extent of the injuries, particularly regarding potentially broken bones which cannot necessarily be detected due to inflammation. The routine battery of diagnostic tools were utilized to help determine the initial nature and extent of the injuries such as:

  • Multiple, high octane drugs for sedation
  • Physical examination
  • Digital x-rays
  • IM injections
  • Bandaging

The next day’s visit from the vet (actually later he same day) consisted of repeated physical examination, palpation, diagnostic x-rays, IV electrolyte solution administration, medication, re-bandaging, etc. In hindsight, I wish I would have taken photos even earlier on; however, this did not enter into the thought process for obvious reasons, I believe.  It was not until a week or so later that the thought even came to mind to begin documenting this horrific accident. Hence why the photos begin about 1 week post-accident.


Peroneus Tertius Blog Graphic-10-17 days Post Injury


While these photos may project the impression that this injury wasn’t too bad or serious, it was the domino-like chain of events that followed during the long weeks and months ahead that made us realize so much more that for every action there is a reaction…

Well, that’s all for now. We hope your interest is sufficiently peaked and that you will continue to follow and share your questions, thoughts and insight throughout this series.

Til Later, Happy Riding & Happy Living!


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