A newly purchased Anderson sling will provide improved support for horses recovering from neurological problems or surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Oregon State University's veterinary school recently added an Anderson sling to their program as well.

Traditional slings concentrate support in the belly area, but horses with neurological problems or those recovering from surgery (especially leg surgery) usually need additional support during their recovery. The Anderson sling is more adjustable, so it can provide targeted support for specific body areas. For example, if a patient's right foreleg has been surgically repaired, the sling can be adjusted to take weight off the injured leg as well as to support the adjacent leg. As a result, horses can heal more efficiently with less discomfort. With more complete support, the horse also has less chance of injury--he is less likely to accidentally bump his head into a stall wall or injure a supporting limb during healing.

This is the same type of sling that is used in some equine rescue attempts, when complete, balanced support is needed while a horse is rescued from an emergency situation (often via helicopter).

For more information on the Anderson sling, read article Quick Find #44 at www.TheHorse.com.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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