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Genetic Tie to Epiphysitus

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Cindy Moore
Weanling
Username: Chorse_1998

Post Number: 27
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jos if you would respond to this I would appreciate it.

I have a 6 month old filly that was vet diagnosed with epiphysitus, in her left hind leg. She came in from the pasture one day, out of the blue, limpy badly. Not yet weaned, off to the vets with her and mom. Xrays confirmed vet's diagnosis. Now here is the kicker: this gal was on pasture with mom since she had been born. Eating mom's grain, given once a day (evening), other forage just grass. No signs of any kind of soreness as she would let me pick up all 4 feet with no problems. Had 4 other foals and mares in the same location, all eating the same grain and pasture with no problems.
Could this have been traumatic epiphysitus, instead of diet induced? Only one hind leg involved, and since weaning and on controlled diet of 1/2 can grain mix and all the brome hay she can eat, plus limited exercize, the leg has gotten considerably better.
Mom and dad have no history of epiphysitus - have owned mom since 4 months old (4 this year) and dad is very successful foundation show horse.
Just curious as to how this happened as I am very careful about the calcium/phosphorus ratio, and I do not push my babies to grow fast. I have never had this happen before and it is very baffling as to the cause so it won't happen again.
Thanks for your ideas..............Cindy Moore
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Elise Krueger
Nursing Foal
Username: Elise

Post Number: 13
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Saturday, December 09, 2006 - 12:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cindy,
It is indeed unusual. I can't imagine how it could happen given the situation. If it were me,
I think I would not consider it feed induced, but rather induced from some type of trauma. I'm glad she's improving. Did you make any feed changes since she became lame? Are you treating her with any meds? Good luck.... Elise
 

jennifer
Weanling
Username: Hucknjen

Post Number: 50
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 03:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Usually hocks/knees are affected in older foals (12-20 mos). Excess energy and mineral imbalances are the main causes. Other forms of DOD have been linked to genetics. Personally I'd re-confirm the diagnosis since it's in a uncommon place for her age and I'd put her on something like this http://www.prognutrition.com/RejuvenaidePowder.htm ASAP.



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