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Best Plan of Action for Contracted Tendons

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Rebecca Kate Smith, Rockwell born 3/15
Breeding Stock
Username: Beccasmith

Post Number: 141
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

any ideas? my vet said it should stretch out on its own, but i'm a worry wort. is there a good way to wrap the leg? should i get another vet out to see it? he's 3 days old today and i don't see a change in it. It's his back left.
At 4 hours old:
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/iheartlucius/Colt014.jpg
At 36 hours:
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/iheartlucius/Colt024.jpg
 

Jenni Luttrell
Breeding Stock
Username: Bugrace2000

Post Number: 966
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would look up Linda Tellingtons T-touch and massage.  I would do massage and stretching with him.
 

Catherine Owen
Yearling
Username: Cateowen

Post Number: 79
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 01:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree with the vet, he will most likely stretch out on his own a lot, this is relatively minor. I mean if he was so bad that he was walking on the fronts of his ankles, then sure, its probably time to "do something".

Lots of turnout and romping will help. The last pic is the little guy only about a day old. Give him a week or so at least before you hit the panic button. Sometimes if you mess with this sort of stuff too early and incorrectly you can do more harm than good.
 

Paul Liberty
Weanling
Username: Sptxthrill

Post Number: 49
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 02:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah I agree with the vet and Catherine. He is not that old to get worried about it yet. The more excercise he can get the better.
 

Kim Peavy/ Sweetie 7/3/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Lovemysinbad

Post Number: 137
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 08:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow Rebecca...that guy has some long legs...he is amazing. Sweetie's last foal at 4 months suddenly developed a contracted tendon and we had to do the check ligament surgery on her...funny at birth nothing...then developed it...I agree to wait and see...
 

Mood Swings
Breeding Stock
Username: Mood_swings

Post Number: 105
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 09:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Your baby is well dressed already :-) I too would massage and gently stretch the tendons several times a day. Gentle exercise in short bouts several times a day if possible is also beneficial.
 

Jenni Luttrell
Breeding Stock
Username: Bugrace2000

Post Number: 972
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 10:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree that lots of exercise is good however massage and gentle stretching will not hurt anything if anything it just feels good making human touch a real positive thing.
 

Tim Popovitz
Neonate
Username: Dystocia

Post Number: 10
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 01:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If this foal were in my care, we would wrap it in a furacin sweat for a couple of days and continue normal turn-out. Perhaps leave the wrap off for a couple hours daily.

We have had GREAT success doing this early (several hrs old). By doing nothing, it will probably take a week or so to relax on it's own. By bandaging, we've cut the time to 2-3 days. It doesn't sound like a huge gain, but the treatment is very mild, with no negative side effects. The risk of not supporting the contracted leg with a bandage comes from repeated stumbling or "knuckling-over". This can cause stress on fragile extensor tendons, sesamoids, and annular ligaments.

If he is moving/standing comfortably, with no stumbling, you'll likely be OK doing nothing at all. I just wanted to offer a counterpoint.


On a related note:

Out of all the single hind limb contractions I've dealt with in newborns, I would say at least 80% of them involve the Left Hind.

Anyone?
 

Heather Cooke
Breeding Stock
Username: Hcvideo

Post Number: 119
Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 04:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Been there done that, wrap it. I waited like the vet said, after 2 weeks it all of a sudden got worst over night. Then it took 10 days of wrapping instead of 2. Just do it.
 

Mood Swings
Breeding Stock
Username: Mood_swings

Post Number: 108
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 10:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tim - that is a very interesting question! Now that I think about it the last two colts I had with contracted tendons both had an issue with their left hind?! The colt I had last year had a severly contracted L/H tendon at birth, he had the oxytetracycline treatment and "physio for foals" - stretching and massage ;)
 

Jan Nuckolls
Neonate
Username: Wildoak

Post Number: 1
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 01:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just had a miniature colt born Tuesday night with somewhat contracted tendons, worse in the rear. With moderate exercise and no intervention other than some minor massage/stretching, he is already close to normal. He was knuckling over on his hind fetlocks at first. The vet had suggested I give him a week before worrying about it. Colt was not all that interested in having his hind pasterns massaged :-)



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