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Newborn splayed out hind legs

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Pam Worrell (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 11:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi. I have foaled out over 100 mares and have never had a foal do this... He is strong, can stand with help but can not get up due to hind legs splaying out to the sides. He has not walked yet, as the legs just do the "splits". I am concerned. He does nurse as I hold him up behind, has urinated, has passed poo (lots ofthat!) Any suggestions?
 

Deena
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Username: Morganslil1

Post Number: 178
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam it sounds like the little one is has spinal/pelvic problems try to keep his back as stable as possible til you can get the vet out or it could get worse.get the vet out asap.Deena
 

Pam Worrell (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 08:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Update... Amigo, as the foal has been named, has made some progress. He is now 3 days old and strong as an ox! We had him evaluated and he has overflexed his hip muscles while also having over tight flexor tendons. We have fashioned a figure 8 just above his hocks out of duct tape to keep his legs from splaying apart. It has enough length between hocks, about 10 inches so he can take steps forward. This keeps the legs from spreding too far apart side to side. (think of Bambi on the iced over lake) His pasterns are coming up, he no longer is walking on his pasterns. He is a vigorous nurser, will chase down the mare for milk and can now get himself up most of the time. We are to continue with physical therapy (gently work joints open and closed) I do this every hour. I also check to make sure he has nursed every hour. He has a great immune system, seems very healthy and active other than the leg problems. Will keep you posted.
 

Deena
Breeding Stock
Username: Morganslil1

Post Number: 180
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 06:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh congradulations Pam That is so good to hear I know its been a rough road so pat yourself on the back for a job well done give Amigo a big hug for me an post pictures when you can.Your little one had me worried.Deena
 

Pam Worrell (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, the $%^&& mare stepped on him this afternoon and completely smashed his femoral joint, (stifle). He was euthanized this evening.
 

Cathy
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Username: Cathy

Post Number: 51
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 01:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh Pam I am so sorry. I don't know what else to say. :'( Cathy
 

Deena
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Username: Morganslil1

Post Number: 181
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 12:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam Im so sorry (hugs).
 

Renee
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Username: Reneec

Post Number: 49
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 09:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam,
I am so so sorry. What a traumatic experience for you. The little fellah was doing so well too!
I feel for you.
Renee
 

Morton
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Username: Lucy

Post Number: 3
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 10:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam I have been following your progress and you have my utmost sympathies. Well done for all of your efforts. One thing I sadly seem to be getting used to in breeding is tears!
 

pam (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 11:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for all of your thoughts. One more mare to foal then relax! (no, we have meat goats starting to kid in Dec) ooh weellll We have been blessed with several healthy ones so I am pleased.



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