Foal with contracted tendons/over at the knee. Any answers??
We had a filly born one month ago. She was born with contracted tendons/over at the knee. We were told to stretch legs three times a day and let her out to pasture with momma for exercise. She seemed to be looking better and legs getting straighter but today I noticed some changes. She seemed to be standing in a wide stretch with front feet out. Her hooves seem to be a normal angle on top and then change to a more straight down look towards the bottoms. We are calling farrier out tomorrow to take a look and also the vet because we don't want it to get worse. Has anyone seen or had this problem with a foal. Today she was bending on her front legs to eat grass and not standing to eat. I'm quite worried and wanted to see if anyone could answer before her check up.
Do you think it's just contracted tendons since the hoof wall angle has started changing? Do you think we caught it early enough for treatments to correct it? I'm such a worrier. I'm calling vet ASAP tomorrow morning. Makes me worried that she seems to have gotten worse over night. When she walks she looks a bit sore, lifting her legs high to step forward. Then the standing stretched as to relieve weight on front feet. Lastly not wanting to stand on front feet to graze and actually bowing on front leg to eat.
I think both a vet and farrier can help, especially if they work together... I had a gelding with a front lameness, the vet came out and xrayed, farrier came out 30 minutes after and reviewed the xrays with vet and together they found out the right treatment for my gelding... in my case a wedge shoe to alleviate soreness from a stone bruise, he healed completely in one month. I am like you, I would much rather pay the vet farrier visit then worry...
A farrier along side the vet can indeed help foals with leg issues and may be quite necessary. Baby may need splints and/or therapeutic shoes or built up parts of its feet using various methods or matierials to help get the legs straight as the foal grows quickly at this early age. Best to do it ASAP. You have a very small window with foals to get them on the right path. Good call getting both the vet and farrier.
Farrier would be good to monitor things along & may be help as the foal is a little olderby observing hoof growth & changes & correcting as needed.He is only a month old,addressing the tendon issues is going to be first step to help his feet/hooves.