Prosthetic legs for horses - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 176
• Horses: 1
Prosthetic legs for horses

So I was stumbling the internet when I came across a video of a mini who was given a prosthetic leg. Personally I think it's a great idea! If dogs and cats and such don't need to be put down because of loosing a leg, it's nice to know it can work for a horse to. Like they said, there's no guarantee on anything, but it's nice to know there can be an option for the horses life to continue on with quality (Of course nothing could be done with the horse, but the same kind of quality of life you would get from say a cat or dog.). What are your opinions? If anything happened to your horse would you consider this? What kind of health problems or underlying issues could you see coming from this?

Here's a video (I love his little bucks <3)
BBC News - Minature horse fitted with prosthetic leg
Kawairashii Ichigo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 03:06 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Posts: 6,324
• Horses: 2
This brought tears to my eyes, seriously bawling now! Why can they make
Performance prosthetics for humans but not for horses? I see the need, know
There is the money out there, who wouldn't pay serious money for one if the
Horse was particularly valuable or at least very loved? I would do it in a
Heartbeat!

I don't know of the health concerns but that little guy is having the time of his
Life!

Maybe there is hope? Thanks for posting!
FlyGap is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 03:09 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 334
• Horses: 0
This just made my day - thanks for sharing!
IquitosARG10 is offline  
post #4 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 03:18 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 341
• Horses: 2
This is so cute. I think it's amazing how he's been given a complete new lease of life, the video said he would have had to be euthanised otherwise, and look at how happy he looks!

Mount up and leave your troubles behind on the ground.
Heatherloveslottie is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 03:28 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 686
• Horses: 1
I work in the prosthetic industry and there is a company that will make prosthetics for animals, I think the guy is based in Chicago if I remember rightly.
phoenix is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 07:23 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 21,205
• Horses: 7
That is neat. They've done it for horses, elephants, dogs and cats... I think it's cool. We just watched that movie the dolphin tale. I was so amazed. It was really cool. Who would have ever thought they could give a dolphin a prosthetic tale?

"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"
farmpony84 is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 07:40 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,113
• Horses: 24
There is also the story of Molly, the little mare that lost her front leg during the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe.

I am sure that someday, prosthetics for animals may be as common as they are for people, but right now, the cost is prohibitive for most people. Not everyone has $8,000-$10,000 to spend on what is, truthfully, a very risky operation and rehab procedure. Especially for a horse that would spend the rest of their life as a pasture ornament that required serious daily care.

ETA: I'm not sure that it would ever really be a practical idea for anything much bigger than a small pony. Even Molly is clearly in pain while trying to walk on it and anything much larger than her would have a very serious risk of foundering the opposing foot (like Barbaro) unless they were able to wear the prosthetic 24/7 and be comfortable enough to bear weight on it like they would if they were relatively sound.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/

Last edited by smrobs; 10-08-2011 at 07:45 PM. Reason: another thought...
smrobs is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 09:25 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 686
• Horses: 1
I think a lot of it also depends on how much residual limb is left, same with people. Anything off above the knee is always more work, I think if the horse had a functioning knee joint and was fitted with something comfortable and monitored daily they could get along alright.

I have to say though whatever the cost if Phoenix needed a prosthetic I would more than happily get him one (i'd probably be the one making it for him)
phoenix is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 176
• Horses: 1
Glad I shared this.

Phoenix: Oh neat~ :P It always makes me think how much work must go into making a prosthetic limb for someone. Esspecially once you get into creating hands for people and such (more detail), with having to learn the proper anatomy (I find anatomy like bone and muscle structure quite fascinating for some reason. I guess it's just knowing how one is built and works.). I thought he might be out of Canada as there were some people complaining they couldn't see it cause they were in the US so I'm glad it went through.

Smorbs: She does look to be in some pain, I suppose it would really just depend on the horse. I would make sure it got some pain relief with some form of supplement/meds. In another way I guess it's like having to always use a crutch, it's doable but would get irritated after a while of having to use it.
Kawairashii Ichigo is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 10-08-2011, 10:07 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Palmyra, Wisconsin
Posts: 5,710
• Horses: 4
I wouldn't do it.
Problems? Sores, infection, laminitis in the other foot, pain, limited ability to move (think spooks or moving quickly for a variety of reasons), housing, ground & surface precautions, frequent prosthetic changes, difficult farrier work, lifetime special cares.
I work with people who use prosthetics & they frequently have problems. The main difference is a person can use crutches or other assistive devices & can tell another what is going on.
natisha is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help, what is this on my horses legs? rjwood746 Horse Health 8 09-03-2011 03:25 AM
Mini horse gets prosthetic leg DumbWriter Horse Talk 7 03-25-2011 08:34 PM
A horse with a prosthetic-meet Molly DarkChylde General Off Topic Discussion 7 02-07-2009 04:58 PM
horse w/ prosthetic leg hotreddun Horse Health 1 01-13-2009 09:16 PM
Pony with a prosthetic my2geldings Horse Talk 6 05-05-2008 08:51 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome