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post #1 of 7 Old 01-03-2012, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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mini pony not wanting tbebd her back leg

I have a mini pony that has a deformed back hoof from birth. In the past couple months it started growing weird and she started walk in on a most the side of her hoof. No matter how I trimmed it I couldn' get it right so I had my farrier trim her on Saturday. He is corrective shoer and has dealt with this same thing before. He trimmed her and she started walking in her hoof correctly right away. Last night I noticed that when she walked she either swung that leg ( back leg) really wide and it didn't bend at the hock or she kind of drug it behind her. I called the farrier and he said that since she is walking on her hoof correctly now her leg is probably really sore and she is just babying it. There isn't any heat, a welling, or tenderness and no way she could have injured her leg. She will bear weight on the foot while standing. But then I lift up he leg she will not bend it at the hock.

Does anyone have any ideas?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-03-2012, 04:37 PM
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I would give her a few days to see if the soreness wears off, and maybe soak it in some epsom salt and warm water. If she still seems uncomfortable you might want to call a vet to check her out.

Sometimes miniature horses can have deformed legs that lead to 'paddling,' rotation of the knee in a circular motion when they walk. It's possible that this could be the cause.

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Congrats on your Mini. If your horse is indeed a Mini, she is a Mini Horse and not a pony. There is no such thing as a Mini pony.

I hope that isn't the Mini you show in your avatar, with a saddle and child on it. This especially if she is deformed already.

Having your farrier trim her correctly for her condition, will help but probably not ever allow her to be completely correct. Certainly give her a few days to get used to her new foot. Positively no riding or lunging.

Minis often suffer from locked stifles/locked patellas. It has been discussed often on the Mini Horse forum and is thought to be genetic in nature. You might like to join Li'l Beginnings Mini Forum and do a search for the above mentioned issues. This might be something your Mini has, apart from the hoof problem. It might also, just be from having to hold her leg up for the farrier for a long period. But it does sound to me, as though her leg is locked up. There are things you can do to help unlock it and also surgery.

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No the pony in the picture is a different pony. She is letting us bend her hock now. I talked to our vet an he said the same thing the farrier did. So she should be walking better in a couple of days.

They are Shetland type ponies. I just call them minis, because they are so small

Anyways, we rubbed her leg down tonight with absorbine (sp?) Jr. I think that will losen her up a bit.
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It may be beneficial to put her on a joint supplement. MSM is pretty cheap and very effective.
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It may be beneficial to put her on a joint supplement. MSM is pretty cheap and very effective.
I actually have some I use on my old gelding. Good idea! I will start that tomorrow
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Also... I have noticed on my "Mini Pony" (who actually is a rescued Miniature/Pony cross LOL) has a stiff stifle occasionally. I have noticed him awkwardly popping it in the fields, and after a few strides it works itself out. When he is older we will probably start him on a supplement... He will be 2 this June.
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