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post #21 of 34 Old 08-14-2010, 04:12 PM
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Here are some more photos of him playing. He is so healthy otherwise. What are the odds of my only foal being deformed?
i love the second pic where he is trying to "kill" the evil grain bag! LMAO. I swaer int he first one he is saying "Dont worry I shall defend you from that evil bag!" and in the second one he is saying "HAH take that! and that! and That! "

LMAO- hope you get his leg fixed. I know they are far away but try calling Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Rood and Riddle. Lovated in lexintong, KY they may be able to answer some question and point you to a specialist near you. They are famous around my area for their work.

much luck!
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post #22 of 34 Old 08-14-2010, 06:14 PM
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I am with the "call a specialist" group, and the sooner the better. I will say, as word of encouragement, my guy (who is now 21) had a leg deformity when he was born. From what I have been told over the years, it was hock, but not sure. Anyway, when he was born, the breeder was told to euth him, that he would never be right. She refused, and rigged up some sort of brace from PVC pipe. It worked, and I can tell you I have owned him for 17 yrs now, and he never took a lame step, and noone was the wiser, until just recently when he got some arthritis in the hock, controlled by Cortaflex. He has done H/J and many trails over the years, and still does. Good luck!

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post #23 of 34 Old 08-22-2010, 02:41 PM
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hey there, how did this turn out ? :)
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post #24 of 34 Old 08-22-2010, 03:19 PM
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One other thing that you might consider having done is have the vet do some x-rays to check his growth plates and compare them to the other hind leg, see if they will likely grow to the same length. If they do, then it shouldn't be a problem.

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post #25 of 34 Old 08-22-2010, 04:46 PM
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How did the vet think it had anything to do with the fetlock joint?? Call another vet in the area, a large animal hospital at a vet school would be even better (OSU is great at things like this). I agree with the others that it will probably be just an "ugly leg", but be fully functional. He may have trouble with it in his later years, though.
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post #26 of 34 Old 08-22-2010, 05:53 PM
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If this were my foal I would have had him seen by vet on day one and then gone on to see a specialist immediately if my vet felt is was necessary.....young soft bones are easier to correct......and my thought would be the younger the better.

Hope your guy has a long and useful life.

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post #27 of 34 Old 08-31-2010, 12:54 AM
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I think you've gotten lots of helpfull advice... I hope it turns out well, and he's adorable!!!!!! If he's not lame I'm thinking it might not be too big of a problem. Good luck! :)
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post #28 of 34 Old 08-31-2010, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I almost didn't respond back, because the news isn't as good as I and the vet hoped. BUT, many of you are very supportive and I thank you guys for all your help and support!

So hears the latest. My vet took x-rays and proclaimed that I have a horse with something he has never seen before in all his years of practice- a deformed coffin bone. The good news is, if there is any good news in all of this, is that the fetlock joint looks normal.

The vet feels that exercise is good for him and any type of bracing would only give him sores. He thinks the leg may improve, or at the very least stay the same, but should not get any worse. So he basically said to give him lots of exercise and he should make a trail horse someday, providing the fetlock stays healthy. He said he would not make a race horse or barrel prospect, but trails should be okay.

So I am trying to move on and not worry about the leg constantly. Just enjoy the little guy and train him to the best of my ability. I figure by the time he is old enough to ride, I should have a good idea of if he is sound on the leg or not. Currently he is sound on it and rears and plays and runs like any healthy foal.

So that is the situation. I am taking one day at a time.
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If this were my foal I would have had him seen by vet on day one and then gone on to see a specialist immediately if my vet felt is was necessary.....young soft bones are easier to correct......and my thought would be the younger the better.

Hope your guy has a long and useful life.

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FYI, I DID try to get him seen on day one. I love the little guy and want him to be healthy and happy. I have lost lots of sleep and cried many tears over this issue. But in the end, I have faith in my vet, and I don't think my foal is a surgical candidate. I can't afford a giant surgical bill (if there is even anything that could be done surgically) and anytime you try something invasive you risk doing more harm than good. So I dunno, but I am trying my best here to make the right decisions. It's not something I take lightly, that I can assure everyone. I always hope to keep my horses until they die, it's not like I get rid of them if they break down. They are members of my family.
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That's all anybody can do is one day at a time. Providing that it grows out to be the same length as his other leg, I really doubt you'll have any problem keeping him sound. You will probably have to be religious about his hooves and he may be predisposed to arthritis in that leg but I bet with the quality of care he's going to get from you, he'll be fine. Just keep that chin up and don't forget about us. We love to hear great news and if it ends up being bad news, we can cry with you.

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