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    02-07-2012, 12:28 AM
Colt with crooked legs

I had a colt last year that was super athletic. He would run about the pasture spinning, braking, and just having a good time. Then when he got to about three months old his hind legs started to turn inward from the fetlock down. They are still turned inward like that at eight months, and I am wondering what I can do for him. His dam and sire have had a few foals together and I've never had this problem before.
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    02-07-2012, 12:32 AM
Has he been regularly trimmed by a good farrier since he was young? Has he been seen by a vet to find out for sure what is causing him to turn in like that?
    02-07-2012, 12:40 AM
His hooves are great. He hasn't been to a vet, because we have to do most of our own doctoring since we are in a pretty remote area.
    02-07-2012, 12:49 AM
I was asking about the farrier because a lot of times an issue can either be caused or corrected by frequent, quality hoof care in one so young.

As for the vet, if you don't know what's going on, it is unlikely you will be able to fix it yourself. The vet can tell you if it's a joint thing or a tendon thing or a hoof thing and how to fix it (if it can be fixed).

Since it's gone untreated for 5 months, I doubt there is anything to be done other than just deal with it and hope he stays sound.
    02-07-2012, 01:13 AM
Thanks for the very sound advice. I hope I can get a vet out to look at him (i'm not comfortable hauling him 100 miles in a trailer with his legs unstable already).

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