About Horse Bracing
Cast Away (DVM News Magazine March 2007)
Bramlage Field Fx Management in Vet Clinics Equine Management ( Veterinary Inclusive Prosthetics Orthotics mentioned on page 125 )
For most adolescents it was a rite of passage. Signed and decorated by their friends, it was that itchy, white-plaster cast on his/her wrist, arm or ankle. It may have been acquired from a bike, skateboard or skiing mishap, a sports injury from football or hockey or just a fall on the ice.
These casts were heavy, scratchy and hot. The same was true in equine practice. Expertise and experience were required to successfully apply a functional plaster leg cast. They figured prominently in attempts to repair fractures in legendary horses such as Ruffian and yet, many times, poor acceptance by the horse or the development of cast sores limited their usefulness.
Still, the plaster cast was a part of advanced orthopedic care in the 1900s and figured prominently in both human and equine fracture repair.
New developments in materials ensued, however, and fiberglass soon became the casting material of choice. By the 1980s that old crumbly, itchy plaster cast was beginning to disappear for both humans and horses. Fiberglass casts were 20-times stronger than plaster, one-fourth the weight and both durable and waterproof. They became commonly used for many equine injuries ranging from angular limb deformities to tendon injuries to laceration repair stability as well as for support in fracture fixation.
Fiberglass is still used today but medical advances march on. Once again, new developments in materials and methods of bracing may soon make even fiberglass casts obsolete in equine practice.
Here at Veterinary Inclusive Prosthetics Orthotics we offer all of our Boots, Braces, and Splints custom as well as prefabricated. We are here to accommodate you and your horse’s specific needs