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Hypoflexion of hind pasterns in newborn foal

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Tina Bowling
Neonate
Username: Silkwood

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 03:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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?
 

cathy Cook
Yearling
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 58
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 08:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
 

Kim k
Breeding Stock
Username: Kimk

Post Number: 688
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 11:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.

Good luck
Kim
 

Tina Bowling
Neonate
Username: Silkwood

Post Number: 2
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 06:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.



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