Executive Editor: Jörg Auer

Authors: Jörg Auer

Phalanges Distal phalanx, Abaxial nonarticular

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Glossary

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Cast application

These fractures are treated conservatively.

The foot is elevated and cleaned.

The sole is filled with plaster of Paris to develop an even footing surface followed by applying one role of fiber glass cast material around the hoof capsule.
Once the cast has set the horse can place weight on it again. The sole of the cast is protected by hoof acrylic to prevent rapid wear.
The cast is changed at 2 weeks and left in place for another four weeks. At that time the hoof is wrapped only with non-elastic tape for 2 weeks.


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Bar shoes

Another alternative is to apply a bar shoe with side clips. Ideally, the sole is filled as described above. These shoes are changed at 4-6 weeks intervals. At the third application the side clips can usually be removed.

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