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post #11 of 15 Old 12-17-2012, 09:21 AM
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I don't bank with mine. I'm not sure it would work with regular shavings, seems that it would be like prodding a foot into a pile of feathers.

Our 8 mo. Percheron X colt has cast himself a few times when he tries to roll too close to the wall. But that's only because at his size, the stall looks large enough (to him) to roll around, but it's not. To his mama, she doesn't try to roll. She'll lay down and stretch out, but haven't had any problems with casting (knock on wood).
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-18-2012, 10:08 PM
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One owner at a dressage barn where I worked always banked her stall, and the barn owners would come along and flatten it out again. It was an ongoing battle. The stalls were small: 10x10, and the horses were all big: 16 to 17+ hands, so the barn owners felt that banking wasted valuable stall real estate, while the oener wanted to prevent casting.
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post #13 of 15 Old 12-27-2012, 11:54 PM
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bank works if the horse large or draft is at the right angle if not they could get casted anyway

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post #14 of 15 Old 12-29-2012, 06:25 AM
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One of the racehorses I worked with would generally get cast if there were no banks in his box.

The other staff really got quite snotty with me as I would have a fit at them if they knocked the banks down on my day off. They honestly couldn't understand the reason for them just grizzled about mucking ou the box.

I generally leave banks undisturbed as the more compact they become the better they protect the horse. If ant urinf gets under them just fish out the dirty straw with the fork.

It really is not a myth - good banks prevent the horse getting too close to the wall and should he stupidly lie down close he can get his legs out enough to get back up again. Acast horse is not a nice sight. Many years ago the place I used to hire a pony from lost a lovely pony when he became cast - he kicked a hole in the timber wall and a large sliver of wood penetrated his eye and killed him.
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post #15 of 15 Old 01-01-2013, 02:25 PM
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Ive had a couple of cast horses, the banks need to be very big and wide to prevent it entirely (hock height and 2ft wide is apparently big enough) however even small banks can stop a horse from lieing too close to the wall in the first place.
If they doo lie too close despite the banks then you have something you can dig out to help get the horse free.
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