Hi! My 10 month old paint foal, Monty, has an angular deformity on his front left hoof (fetlock varus). He's had regular monthly farrier visits, so we've been on top of it since he came home at 4 months old. His last visit was two weeks ago, he had managed to swell his ankle about a month ago as well. Now being I am very neophyte to raising a foal, I pay a somewhat obsessive attention to his development, and I have noticed that despite the swelling in his ankle having gone down, his limp has become more pronounced. He is walking on the outside of the hoof, and letting it roll under as he goes. Is this something I should be worried about? Or is this just a sign that he's healing up? He doesn't seem to be in any pain aside from the limp, and it hasn't kept him from running around and being a general nuisance to our 12 year old gelding (who despite his frequent irritation has an uncle complex toward Monty, he's very protective lol). Generally speaking, his attitude and appetite are normal. Any advice is welcome. Pics: http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...x/100_0603.jpg http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...x/100_0605.jpg http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...x/100_0606.jpg http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...x/100_0607.jpg http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...x/100_0608.jpg
As you can see, he is uh.... quite relaxed. Lol.