I have a Miniature Horse colt, born April 11, 2011, who was born with his hind leg ligaments too tight. Usually, these things loosen up over a week. At first I milked his Mum & fed him every two hours as he couldn't stand & nurse. Gradually he was able to stand better and nurse on his own. I had him examined by a Vet who posted a Vet forum for advice. I thought an IV of oxytetracycline would be worth a try. But the Vet didn't think so.
Now, little Joey has had xrays and back for more xrays. It appears he has lateral luxated patellas. The patellas are pulled to the outside of the knee & the tight ligaments only allow him to move in a crouched position. I do frequent massages and laying down, his left hind leg can now stretch out, etc. The right hind will move out if he is relaxed after a massage. But standing & walking, he is all crouched down in the hind. He is taking most of his weight on his forelegs.
We are trying to find out about what will help this little guy. The Vet has done lots of dog knee surgeries but not on a horse. I really can't afford a huge surgery bill but I want this little fellow to live a happy normal life if at all possible.
In the meantime, I pack him out to his pen with his Mum following. He is used to being carried all over & is so very sweet and smart. He loves his cuddles. He is used to being held for hours on end at the Vet clinic, & having car rides.
I am hoping that we can get a good prognosis for him & that if he requires surgery, it will be soon! He is now over 30 lbs and I don't have a strong back. Lol. The little fellow is getting pretty good at travelling despite his crouched position. He can trot & gallop & buck, though then he needs a rest.
If anyone has experience with this type of thing, I am looking for positive feedback on a surgery or treatment that will help.
Usual luxating patellas are medial, but in this case, they are lateral. The Vet has been trying to find others to consult with. But there are not many equine Vets on the Vet forum he belongs to.
He has followed a few leads to try to speak to a couple of Vets who specialize in orthopaedics, but so far, no replies.
I would really appreciate any help.
If there is a Vet experienced with this type of surgery, I can give out our Vetís contact information. We can also e-mail the xrays.
Thanks. Have a great day!