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Coping with a cast horse

Most horses become cast by rolling into a corner. However, occasionally they may get stuck due to rolling as a result of colic.

Other reasons could include:

  • An injury which is preventing the horse from rising
  • Stiffness in old, arthritic horses or ponies

Helping a cast horse stand

Righting a cast horse involves pulling the animal over, away from the wall. Remember even a horse you know well can panic and struggle, regardless of anyone in the way.

Try the following:

  • Gather together enough strong people
  • Loop lunge lines or long ropes just above or below the fetlock on the front and hind limb nearest the wall
  • Pull on both back and front legs to move the horse away from the wall.
  • Move out of the way quickly to avoid injury as the horse stands.
  • Make sure that you allow the horse to get up on its own, then carefully remove the ropes and offer plenty of reassurance
  • Check for possible injuries and symptoms of colic once the horse is up

If a horse becomes cast regularly:

  • Try a larger stable
  • Use an anti-cast roller
  • Increase the banks of your horse’s bed
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