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Fragility of limbs

The horse is considered a noble animal, so we use all the terms of human anatomy to determine the parts of the horse’s body. So he has a nose and not a muzzle, a mouth and not a mouth, a leg and not a paw.

The legs of the horse are also called the limbs.

Determine the forelegs: the front legs, and the hind legs: the hind legs. So if you hear “the hind legs are badly brushed”, it means that the hind legs are badly brushed.
The horse’s limbs are used for its locomotion and are very fragile. The horse is carried and supports us. Our weight and his are on his feet.

The worst risk: the fracture

It is very rare to be able to heal a broken limb on a horse, while it is common to operate on a cat or a dog.

The real problem following a fracture, apart from the seriousness of the operation, is the possibility of setting up a system so that the horse can move a minimum without using its limb.


There are cases where veterinary surgeons, with the help of their entire clinic team, manage to operate and then cast a horse.

The horse must then be immobilized in a box, where a harness or straps come to relieve it of its own weight.

If this were the only point of complexity, without counting the expenses incurred, these operations would be attempted more often.
But once immobilized, the horse experiences difficulties in digesting the food which is distributed to him. Its viscera are located under the lungs. When the horse is suspended, the harness compresses the entire digestion system.

Poor digestion often leads to colic problems: the leading cause of death in horses.

The horse’s foot is a “heart” …

… That is to say, the foot returns the blood that runs through the whole body. The horse is an animal, large and heavy. The blood pressure in the foot is very high. The horse must move its feet to help venous return. The whole organism must be healthy, with a competent blood system.

There again, sometimes when the horse is immobilized, the venous return can be done badly and impact the whole body. In the box, the horses move less than in the meadow. We can see, for example, engorged limbs: edema is visible on the lower limbs.

It can also happen after a lot of work. The horse having had an increased blood flow during work, once at rest, it happens that it engages a little.

Quickly, we understand that we must protect the limbs of our horse; depending on his living and working conditions.

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