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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