Post Number: 1
|Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 03:46 pm: ||
We have a miniature horse foal born 3 wks earlier as of her last service date, is now one week old and is still walking on his heals. Has anyone had this problem before, I thought he would of straightened out by now or can it take longer? Should we keep him confined until he walks on his hooves properly?
Post Number: 58
|Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 08:22 pm: ||
I keep all miscoformed foals confined until they correct themselves. I am not sure if they make them in mini size but I have had amazing luck with the Dynasplints, you will have to check with your vet to see who in your area works with them.
Post Number: 688
|Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 11:03 am: ||
Tina, we have had several babies that come out like that. They tend to be large babies and within two weeks they seem to be walking correctly. We do limit the space that they have as most mares will not pay attention to the foals condition as such, they tend to keep them walkiing ! Exercise is good, but not overdone. Use a small turn out of some sort so that baby doesn't feel like they are being left alone if mom walks away. NOrmallay the pasterns straighten up by themselves if not done within two weeks I would question my vet. This normally happens because there is not enough room, and the tendons and muscles can't stretch out until birth.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 06:44 am: ||
Hi Ladies, thank you for your advise, farrier has visited and thinks he should be right within a week or two more. Will update progress. Some mini breeders have advise me that this is a common situation with minis and to expect more in future.