Limping 2 weeks after farrier visit?

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    06-24-2013, 05:14 PM
Limping 2 weeks after farrier visit?

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:

As you can see, he is uh.... quite relaxed. Lol.
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    06-24-2013, 10:55 PM
Why isnt the farrier trimming out the bars and cleaning up all that false sole and shaping that foot better? HIs angles look way off where he is standing in the paddock. THe bottom looks like he's just rasping it off flat. No good. I would not be happy.

Also, your baby appears to possibly have physitis going on to me. Id have him checked out by the vet. Swollen joints are tell tale and at 10 months, you cannot correct his limb deformity. That should have been done in the first 6 months. Preferably 3 months. The farrier needs to trim the leg he has.
    06-24-2013, 11:17 PM
I brought him home at just over 5 months (I miscounted earlier and he will be 10 months on July 3rd.), and immediately took him to the farrier. I was told by the breeder of his fetlock problem and I took him on anyway. He's also very very stunted, dam's first foal, and probably always going to be small. He's never been grained except small handfuls of oats here and there, so the only way he could have got excess nutrients to grow is eating our gelding's hay, which I doubt happens because Kan is stingy lol. I'm not common at all with foals and their development, so you can blame my ignorance. I'll get a second farrier to look at him as well. In the meantime, is there anything I can do to help him?
    06-24-2013, 11:28 PM
Green Broke
His hooves look contracted and long overall. Almost like an overgrown mini hoof. How interesting. There is a lot of overgrown sole/bars going on that can impede his growth.

Here is a pic of my yearling's hoof taken in April. This is not a perfect foot. It has flaring and underrun heels(that are now fixed), but this shows a relatively good example of how big a yearling's foot should be. Comparing my yearling's hoof(who is also a Paint) to yours is a good indicator of how contracted your boy's feet are. I wish I had updated pictures of my boy's feet from the solar view, but sadly I only have side views I took today. If you're interesting in seeing them, let me know. It could help give you a better idea. A yearling's feet should look exactly like a grown horse's feet, just in proportion with their smaller bodies.
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    06-24-2013, 11:47 PM
Overgrown mini is almost accurate in describing him lol. He was a fraction of the size of a normal colt at birth, and was carried to full term. The breeders think he was the only survivor of twin birth. They said since he was so small, and born late in the season, they just left him out with mama and took a "see if he lives" attitude about it. I knew all of this up front, and I took him anyway, Lol. He's incredibly bright and friendly. I just want to do whatever I can for him so he's comfortable. I'm glad I asked, because too many people keep telling me "wait and see". F that. I won't have him in pain if I can do something.
    06-24-2013, 11:50 PM
I don't want to give the impression that he's completely lame or anything, he's in the paddock running in circles around Kan as I type.
    06-24-2013, 11:55 PM
Green Broke
I would definitely get a new farrier because the one you have is doing nothing for you. How tall is he right now?
    06-25-2013, 12:06 AM
I'd estimate he's between 10-11 hands, I don't know exactly at the moment. This is how small he was not long after birth: https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...83692720_n.jpg
    06-25-2013, 12:14 AM
Green Broke
Wow, so he definitely is a little guy! My boy is 13.1 hh currently, and was probably around 12 hh when he was 10 months old. He looks to be in good health now. What is his diet like? Turnout? Tweaking this can help him and his feet grow more efficiently.
    06-25-2013, 12:23 AM
Well, I'm somewhat poor, so I take him to the local high school field and let him screw around an hour or two 3 times a week or more. He only gets a flake to a flake and a half of alfalfa a day besides what he can graze on the field, or while we're out walking. I spend almost all of my free time with him.

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