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Custom Equine Leg Brace


Equine Custom Brace Order Process

Purchase

Purchase your Custom Equine Brace.

Cast

We send you a Casting Kit for you to make a mold of your horse's limb.

Build

You ship us the mold. We use it to build a custom brace for your horse.

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FIT

We ship you the finished custom brace. You fit it to your horse. Your horse is on their way to recovery!

Treatment
  • A relatively common fracture in racehorses, thought to occur from recurrent "micro-damage" during training that finally gives way
  • Presents as a longitudinal crack down the lower end of the cannon bone, splitting the cannon bone into the fetlock joint surface
  • In flat racing horses, the crack usually occurs on the left forelimb, on the outside (lateral) side of the bone
  • The fracture also occurs in Standardbred racehorses and in those horses also commonly occurs on a hind limb
  • Articular fractures cause an added problem, damaging the joint surface, resulting in arthritis
  • The injury usually results in very severe lameness but occasionally causes less severe lameness
  • There is usually swelling of the lower limb and fluid filling of the fetlock joint
  • Stabilizes the joint
  • Provides support to the affected area
  • Decreases healing time and decreases cost
  • Return to improved activity level and near normal joint function
  • Allows for easier wound inspection
  • Release pressure on Contra-lateral Limb
  • Forearm fractures can occur as a single (radius or ulna only) or combined (both bones) fracture
  • When both bones are fractured at different levels and there is a joint injury at the wrist or elbow, these are described as Galeazzi or Monteggia fractures
    • Galeazzi facture: Most often a displaced fracture in the radius and a dislocation of the ulna at the wrist, where the radius and ulna come together
    • Monteggia fracture: Most often a fracture in the ulna and the top (head) of the radius is dislocated at the elbow joint
  • Fractures of the tibia, which is the weight-bearing bone of the leg, are often associated with fracture of the fibula
  • Displaced fractures usually involve both the tibia and fibula
  • The skin and subcutaneous tissue over the anterior and medial tibia are very thin and therefore lower leg fractures are often open
  • Even in closed fractures, the soft tissue can become compromised. The fibula is well covered by soft tissue except at the lateral malleolus
  • Tibial fractures in adults are usually caused by direct blows or falls on to the tibial shaft
  • Spiral fractures of the tibia and fibula may be caused by violent twisting injuries, usually from contact sports
  • The fibula is fractured in 75-85 % of cases with fractures of the tibia
  • Flexor Tendon Laxity usually occurs in newborn foals, but can occur in slightly older foals
  • This laxity can range from a slight drop in the fetlock to the fetlock(s) actually touch the ground
  • Flexor tendon laxity is common in premature or dysmature foals
  • Mild laxity usually resolves on its own as the foal gets stronger and exercises, often within a few days to one week
  • If the laxity is more pronounced, then hoof trimming to create a flat, weight-bearing surface is typically undertaken
  • Flexural contractures often are referred to as “contracted tendons,” occurring when the affected foal stands, it appears that the tendons are tense and too short. Also, the deformity can be present at birth (congenital) or develop in the older foal (acquired)
  • The source of this problem in the newborn is not completely understood, but is thought to be caused by malposition of the foal within the uterus
  • Additionally, nutritional abnormalities and even genetics have been implicated as some mares produce multiple foals with flexural deformities
  • Flexural contracture results in the flexion of the joints of the lower limb(s)
  • Joints most commonly affected are the carpus, fetlock, and coffin joint, with one or multiple joints or legs affected
  • Flexural deformities also can occur in older foals, known as an acquired flexural deformity
  • Mild cases of flexural deformities can resolve on their own with light bandages and exercise, while Moderate cases might need splinting, bracing and/or casting with the hoof exposed, called tube casting
  • These types of contractures typically occur in older foals and in fairly specific locations
  • Young foals (one to six months) might develop contracture at the coffin joint, while Older foals (at least three months as well as yearlings and occasionally 2-year-olds) might develop contracture at the fetlock joint
  • These contractures occur in the forelegs, usually in both (bilateral), except for cases where the contracture in one leg is due to lack of use because of pain
  • Acquired flexural deformity of the coffin joint often is referred to as “club foot”
  • The foot can vary from a dished appearance with the heel raised to a boxy shape with the hoof wall nearly perpendicular to the ground
  • In very severe cases, the foal or horse might walk on the front (dorsal) aspect of the hoof or fetlock
  • Mild cases might require only a decrease in nutrition; in young foals weaning might work
  • Angular limb deformities are deviations that occur from side to side, such as when the leg deviates from the carpus, tarsus, or fetlock to the outside (laterally) or inside (medially)
  • A lateral deviation is called a valgus deformity and a medial deviation is called a varus deformity
  • These deviations are extremely common and can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (develop later in the foal’s life)
  • The Collateral Ligament of the hock consists of long and short groups medially and laterally that run at almost ninety degrees to each other, providing significant stability in a wide range of positions
  • Affected horses usually present with hindlimb lameness of variable severity that gets worse with exercise
  • Poor performance
  • Chronic or acute rear limb lameness
  • Lameness worsens with exercise
  • Swelling, thickening and pain of the soft tissues surrounding the affected area
  • Shortened stride length
  • Toe dragging
  • The carpus is composed of three joints: the antebrachiocarpal (radiocarpal) joint, the middle carpal (intercarpal) joint, and the carpometacarpal joint
  • Injury to the carpus most commonly occurs within the antebrachiocarpal and middle carpal joints
  • High-energy injuries, such as falls or kicks, to the carpus cause acute single load failure. The resultant injury often causes open or comminuted fractures and carpal instability
  • Single load injuries including luxations of one or more carpal joints are less common than those developing as a result of repetitive loading
  • Injury to the intercarpal ligaments can occur and usually involves the palmar medial intercarpal ligament within the middle carpal joint
  • Injury to the collateral ligaments is usually associated with avulsion fractures of the proximal aspect of the vestigial metacarpal bones or distal radius
  • Injury to the extensor tendons usually develops in association with severe flexural deformities or lacerations
  • Injuries to the palmar aspect of the carpus do occur, but they are less common than dorsal injuries and have been associated with hyperextension or hyperflexion of the carpus during recovery from anesthesia
  • The Suspensory Ligament supports the fetlock and protects it from hyperextension (i.e., dropping too low) at exercise
  • The ligament begins at its attachment to the back of the upper cannon bone in both the fore and hindlimbs. It runs downwards close to the back of the cannon bone before dividing into two branches each of which attaches to one of the sesamoid bones at the back of the fetlock.  Some fibers continue and attach to the upper pastern area.
  • The ligament and its branches are strong but only slightly elastic
  • Excessive stress can occur to the ligament when a horse lands after a jump or when it travels at fast speeds
  • Essentially, an over-stretching injury can occur resulting in damage to the ligament
  • The damage may be only slight tearing of fibers at the level of their 'origin' (upper cannon bone) or their 'insertion' (sesamoid bones)
  • Damage is usually accumulative over a period of time and may be considered a type of 'repetitive strain injury'
Features

Benefits:

  • Option for non-surgical candidates due to age, cost, other contraindications
  • Stabilizes the joint
  • Provides support to the affected area
  • Decreases healing time and decreases cost
  • Return to improved activity level and near normal joint function
  • Allows for easier wound inspection
  • Releases pressure on Contra-lateral Limb

Features:

  • Hand-sculpted using thermal & vacuum formed technology
  • Fitted to your pet's very own limb
  • Cushioning non-porous medical grade foam to ease pressure on affected area
  • Adjustable durable hook and loop strap system to tighten and loosen for comfort
  • Made in the USA
  • Removable
  • One Year Warranty
Featured Story
Colors
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tornado

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iceage - 2

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red

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red

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blue snake

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soccer balls - blue/yellow

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light pink

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punk

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apps

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bugs w/yellow

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caribbean

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usa flag

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soccer balls - germany

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black

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sweetheart

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comic bam

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neptune

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bugs w/pink

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dino-blue

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crunch

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dip-dab

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zebra

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yellow

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flower power

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tattoo

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soccer balls - red/white/blue

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spring butterfly

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light purple butterfly

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military

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blue

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fly & drive - white

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solar

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heart and roses

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manhattan

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dino-white

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carbon plus

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leopard

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starlight

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purple

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carbon braid

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pink camo

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raindrops

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ocean

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dark sky

Use & Care

CARE:

  • Wipe down surfaces with alcohol.

MATERIALS:

  • Outer Shell: polypropylene, polyethylene, co-polymer
  • Inner Liner: closed-cell polyethylene foam

 

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