Equine limb casts: Classification and indications Academic Article uri icon


  • Limb casts are useful adjuncts to the management of many conditions of the equine distal limb. The type of cast selected and the intended duration of application depend on the purpose for which the cast is applied. Horses rarely tolerate wearing casts for longer than 4 to 6 weeks. The types of casts may be broadly divided into standard and special casts. Standard casts incorporate the digit and extend a variable length up the limb, whereas special casts are modifications of standard casts. The most common indications for cast application in horses are for the management of soft tissue injuries of the distal limb and as an adjunct to internal fixation for fracture repair.

author list (cited authors)

  • Booth, T. M., Dart, A. J., & Watkins, J. P.

publication date

  • September 2003