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  • Mini foals legs
  • Colt dragging hind legs

 
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    11-16-2012, 12:57 AM
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Foal
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Hi! New here. Love the site. Hope someone here can help.
Noticed newly adopted 4 month (so I'm told) mini colt dragging back foot then taking step as if stepping on point of needle and then doing the same thing with other foot - jerking foot back up and then setting it down flat only to drag the toe again to begin next step. Both back legs/hooves are affected. He had an occasional 'quick step' with one or the other of his back hooves upon arrival. No heat, no soreness, no swelling I can detect. Picked up legs, carefully examined entire hip/legs and hooves and found nothing. Hooves need a little trimming - they are a little long and pointed at center of toe. He runs, rears, kicks, plays just fine with his little tail flagging behind - too cute. Shows no sign of illness otherwise. Still appears to be nursing on mom, is eating and drinking just fine. Coat is thick, shiny and soft. Can get no help from previous owner(s). Any ideas/help will be most appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    11-16-2012, 01:02 AM
  #2
Yearling
Hmm does he spring up his feet fast..like stringhault
     
    11-16-2012, 01:03 AM
  #3
Started
Sounds to me like a locking stifle, odd for it to happen on both legs. Did he recently get his feet trimmed differently than usual?
Personally I'd have a vet out fairly quickly. If it's a locking stifle hills and poles exercises will help, but if it's something else it could be dangerous.
It could be something neurological or caused from a dietary issue.

I really think you should have a vet out - there's not much we can do over the internet.
Keep us posted! And what? No adorable baby mini pics? :O^^
     
    11-16-2012, 01:37 AM
  #4
Foal
Some of the movement looks like 'locking stifle' - the stiffness and then the quick release (as suggested - springing up quickly) but the dragging is a puzzle to me and why the dragging has been added? Getting worse?

He has not had his feet trimmed recently (within last 2 weeks) - maybe never, although they are smooth and relatively even

He acted as though I was the first to touch him - previous owner just led his mom and let him follow her

Knowing a vet call was probably in his immediate future I haltered him today and gave a very short lead line lesson - he resist but is coming around - sweet kid - if he survives this mess, he'll be a great new family member for granddaughters

Thank goodness he's a mini - will be easy to carry to vet tomorrow

Thanks for the replies - every idea helps
     
    11-16-2012, 01:43 AM
  #5
Foal
Did it just start to get cold for you? Cold brings out all sorts of aches and pains! I would expect that more if he was an older guy though....
     

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