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    11-13-2009, 03:29 PM
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Weanling
Cow Hocked Foal, supplements???

I just need some more information on Bailey, the vet was out today (friends vet who was in the area and specialises in horses) to take a look at the two and start their vaccinations and do a check and I asked about baileys back legs.

He has weak cow hocked back legs, which don't seem to affect him that much, vet says he has muscle in him and there are no blood clots or any issues with the joints other than the cow hocks, she seems to think that this will get better with time and she took some bloods from both to check if there are any other issues that I didnt know about.


So my question is can a foal that is cow hocked ever straighten his legs out and is there anything that I can give him supplement wise to increase his chances of straightening and strengthening his legs.
     
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    11-13-2009, 03:53 PM
  #2
Trained
No supplements that I know of. How old is he? Can you post pics so we can see the degree? What do you plan on using him for? There are plenty of horses that are cow-hocked and don't have problems, so it really depends on how bad it is and what you want to do with him. I really advocate staying away from supplements unless absolutely needed. Also, I would listen to your vet here, if she specializes in horses she's probably aware of anything that could help him.
     
    11-13-2009, 04:03 PM
  #3
Weanling
He is currently 5 months old, I will take pics in the morning and post them, its pretty severe, when he is standing still his knee joints meet and when he is walking they sometimes brush off each other, but he can bomb around and have fun. Just thought there might be some supplement I could give him that could help that she didnt mention.
     
    11-13-2009, 04:50 PM
  #4
Trained
I have seen some really hig dollar foals that had cow hocked legs. As they grow and thier muscles develop thier legs will straighten out.
     
    11-13-2009, 05:25 PM
  #5
Yearling
A lot of foals straighten out with time. If you had the vet out and she gave you her advice, you should stick with that. There are a lot of dangers in over supplimenting and no one on an internet forum is going to be able to give you better medical advice than the vet that examined your foal in person. If you don't intend to use him as a high performance horse, he probably will be fine. Only time will tell, in the meantime letting him run and play and be a foal will be the best thing for him.

PS. His knee joints (stifles) are actually up much higher (near the hip area). Just lettin ya know so that can use the right terms when describing his legs to someone over the phone or internet. =) The hocks are another joint entirely.
     
    11-13-2009, 05:31 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
A lot of foals straighten out with time. If you had the vet out and she gave you her advice, you should stick with that. There are a lot of dangers in over supplimenting and no one on an internet forum is going to be able to give you better medical advice than the vet that examined your foal in person. If you don't intend to use him as a high performance horse, he probably will be fine. Only time will tell, in the meantime letting him run and play and be a foal will be the best thing for him.

PS. His knee joints (stifles) are actually up much higher (near the hip area). Just lettin ya know so that can use the right terms when describing his legs to someone over the phone or internet. =) The hocks are another joint entirely.

Ooops sorry about that, will get my chart out again get confused some times and mix them up
     
    11-13-2009, 07:45 PM
  #7
Trained
It obviously depends on the degree, but I prefer horses who are cow hocked ! Also, as stated above, they can grow out of issues like that as they grow their angles with change some
     
    11-13-2009, 09:45 PM
  #8
Started
Gypsygirl - I also like slighty cow hocked horses, slightly being the key word.

I agree with the others - no supplements can fix it because it's genetic and they might straighten out over time. Let him grow and see what he ends up with.
     

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