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Foal with Contracted tendons

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Nadia A
Neonate
Username: Wrl

Post Number: 1
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 01:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi My foal was born (9days late) on Sun at 6pm, he came out head first followed by knees and shoulders (I know ouch)

My colt was born very healthy EXCEPT for the fact that his legs don't straighten, they are bent from the knee.

I have no experience with this as it is my first foal.

I was hoping for any info or tips on how to treat this as my vet hasn't seen very much of this.

Thanks
*Nadia*
 

Megan A Brown
Weanling
Username: Fabmeg

Post Number: 33
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 04:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It depends on the foal, some will straiten out on their own, some will straiten out if you give them some Baytril or LA200, the oxytetracycling does something, and I'm not sure if anyone really knows why. Some colts can benefit from corrective shoeing and trimming, some require surgeries. It all depends on how sever he is contracted and how quickly he grows. I think it would be good to try and see another vet with more equine experience who could give you better advice as to a course of treatment. If you can get him straight by the time he's nine moths old you should be fine. My vet recommended early weaning to slow down the growth in my aunt and uncles contracted filly, she straitened up a little after the oxytertacylcing and seemed almost straight after her first trimming so they let her stay on the mare and she is little forward at the knee as a yearling. If he doesn’t look straight by the time he’s three days old you need to have him looked at by someone with experience in these sorts of things.



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