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  • My colt foal has a slight bend in his leg at 2 weeks. Will he grow it out
  • Foals with bent back legs

 
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    08-13-2010, 10:16 PM
  #11
Foal
Sorry I can't help with this but..The foal is ADORABLE!!!!!! If its not there in the morning...I didnt steal him.......
     
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    08-13-2010, 11:22 PM
  #12
Started
I have seen the bracing done alot on foals with tendon/ligament deformaties, it helps keep the leg from bowing in or out while growing and yes, it does straighten the legs. But, I would worry about this one, the bone is deformed, not the tendons/ligaments. It reminds me of bowed legs on Basset Hounds, sometimes they get so deformed that a vet can go in a break the bone and straighten it out.But, I would think that would no be possible on a foal.
You can see the deformity in the leg bone, its not a weak fetlock. Alot of the ability of him to be a riding horse I think will depend on how the leg grows and if the growth plates will be effected by the bend in the bone as he grows and puts on weight and muscle, if they are effected it could grow less or more than the other leg.
If this was my foal and I wanted to try to make him a riding horse, I think I would take him to an orthopedic specialist and have xrays done and see what the bone looks like and if it could be corrected at this young age.
     
    08-13-2010, 11:43 PM
  #13
Green Broke
These pics are of a friend's filly, born in April of 2008. When she was born, her front legs were bent severely (so much that she couldn't reach up to nurse & had to be put on a bale of hay & bottle fed). You can sort of see it in the first picture (her front legs are pushing forward).
Her back legs were back & for the first few weeks she was actually walking on her fetlocks & not her hooves (if you look closely in the 2nd pic you can see how her back feet curl upwards toward her belly - you have to look close!)
The third is of her after a month or two (note how her front legs are still curled, but alot straighter than when she was born) & she's standing rather bracingly on her back feet.
The last is of her as a weanling & her legs are quite normal & staight now as a 2-year-old. They've even started riding her
So there is hope that your guy's might straighten out.
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    08-13-2010, 11:52 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Eh...

I understand what you mean by "crooked" legs when you look at newborn pics to now pics - he had a very definitive awkward and unnatural curve to his back legs. Unfortunately, "crooked" is not what's going on with that lower leg bone. His back legs look almost functionally normal now, but growth isn't going to fix such a deformed bone growth like he has.

Crooked is fixable, but I have my doubts if you're going to see any drastic improvement on a bone deformity like that. Which isn't to say you can't ride him, he looks quite functional now as is, it just looks strange to us because the bone is curved instead of straight.
     
    08-14-2010, 12:35 AM
  #15
Trained
How in the world did that vet think it was the fetlock????? That is CLEARLY the long bone, that is effected, not the joint...It should have been splinted immediately upon birth...you "may" have some success, but the critical time to correct it was when all the tissues were still soft and more maleable.
     
    08-14-2010, 01:10 AM
  #16
Green Broke
Thanks everyone. I am really kind of discouraged. I was afraid it was the cannon bone too.

The vet (who is an older gentleman and has been in practice like forever) had seen him twice (once for the leg and once for a patent urachus/ navel infection) and was really sure both times that he would straighten out in a few weeks. So I let a few weeks go by hoping he was right. I really, really wanted to believe it was something that would straighten out. And it has gotten stronger, from side to side. But the bone still has the funky curved shape. So maybe I need to get on the phone to some vets and see who will look at him. I dunno. It's really discouraging. My first and only foal, and he has to be messed up.

A friend thought it could be a bowed tendon, but I have never heard of a bowed tendon on the front of a leg, just the back, correct?

Here are some more photos of him playing. He is so healthy otherwise. What are the odds of my only foal being deformed?
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    08-14-2010, 01:13 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilruffian    
These pics are of a friend's filly, born in April of 2008. When she was born, her front legs were bent severely (so much that she couldn't reach up to nurse & had to be put on a bale of hay & bottle fed). You can sort of see it in the first picture (her front legs are pushing forward).
Her back legs were back & for the first few weeks she was actually walking on her fetlocks & not her hooves (if you look closely in the 2nd pic you can see how her back feet curl upwards toward her belly - you have to look close!)
The third is of her after a month or two (note how her front legs are still curled, but alot straighter than when she was born) & she's standing rather bracingly on her back feet.
The last is of her as a weanling & her legs are quite normal & staight now as a 2-year-old. They've even started riding her
So there is hope that your guy's might straighten out.
Thanks lilruffian, I'm go glad the filly is doing well now. She looks great!
     
    08-14-2010, 01:21 AM
  #18
Banned
That is for sure NOT a bowed tendon. All the bows I have ever seen have been on the fore and if it was bad enough that you could see it in a hind leg...he would most certainly be lame.

With this last set of pictures, I would have to agree with MM. It might not always be the prettiest leg...but it sure looks functional. Calling another vet in wouldnt be a bad idea. Atleast the option would be there.
     
    08-14-2010, 01:03 PM
  #19
Foal
I think it would be a good idea to get it looked at as soon as possible (a brace too) which will be the most effective now in the early years of his growth.
     
    08-14-2010, 03:08 PM
  #20
Green Broke
^^ Agreed. He sure looks sound enough on it, and it might well be only a cosmetic flaw in his later years. But very worth getting a second opinion and see if bracing is an option/good idea.

He's a darling foal, and a slightly funky leg doesn't detract from how lovely he is overall, for sure!
     

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