Artificial Limbs for HorsesBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 25, 2011
Costing at least $5,000 apiece, an artificial limb for your horse is not a purchase you might make on a whim. On the other hand, the number of horses getting around with a prosthetic device is growing every year. Not every equine with a serious leg injury is a candidate for this option, but for horses with the right type of amputation, an artificial limb can allow many pain-free years in the pasture.
Limb prosthetics for horses are usually constructed of carbon graphite with a titanium post. A stainless steel rocker foot with a borium base gives nonslip support. A prosthetic sock, shock absorbers, and a liner of thick foam provide comfort and a secure fit. The leg is slipped over the stump and secured with straps. Some artificial limbs have the ability to bend so the horse can lie down and get up more easily.