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post #1 of 24 Old 09-06-2011, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Pony foal with deformed legs *slightly disturbing*

Hello. I write here again because I need some advice about our latest case. It's a about our new horse shelter resident, a pony foal around 7 month old. He came today at 2-3 AM so I was not there to take photos as I would like. I know the case for about a couple of months when photos with this little pony were posted on Facebook by someone. The foal was born somewhere in the country at a monastery. I saw the photos and though that this is a very unfortunate little one and should be put down to sleep because he doesn't stand a chance.

Anyhow, his mother died and some of our volunteers decided to take the foal to the shelter. So we must deal with him now. I think that he should be put to sleep but I'm just another volunteer at this shelter and I have no power to do this. But I know that I will have to treat this little one because one of my attributions there are treatments.

I wanted to ask more opinions just to know what everyone would do. My only power is to send those opinions to the ones that are in charge of things there and can do something.

I will take photos tomorrow when I can go to the shelter. The little pony will be first treated by our farrier because he obviously have some serious problems with the overgrown hoofs. Now I don't know what should be done with that cast that sustain his legs, we will have our vet out to see his opinions. After that we should take some x-rays. So I will keep everyone updated.

Wish as luck.

Photos that were posted on the Facebook couple of months ago:

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The little pony today with some of our dogs that were very curios to see the new horse:

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post #2 of 24 Old 09-06-2011, 06:41 AM
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How come his feet are so long? Could you get a pic of his feet? And pick up his foot and take pics? Its nice that the shelter/rescue wants to save him but I see nothing but problems with this poor guy. If they are willing to put $$ into him then maybe he has a chance but hopefully his life won't be full of pain. All we can do is try right?
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post #3 of 24 Old 09-06-2011, 06:53 AM
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Oh poor little thing :( I say don't put him to sleep if he can walk and isn't in too much pain. If he's happy, I don't see a reason to put him down. Him being so small has some advantage- I can't imagine trying to keep him alive if he was much bigger.


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post #4 of 24 Old 09-06-2011, 06:59 AM
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He seems to have a lot of dwarf characteristics.

If that is the case it would explain legs like that. I can't see him ever being comfortable. Maybe it will sound heartless, but I think putting him to sleep would be the best thing for him.

I hope the right thing is done, whatever that may be.

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post #5 of 24 Old 09-06-2011, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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@ mbender : I will take photos tomorrow. I will have new photos this evening from another volunteer. I had things to do today so I couldn't go to see the pony.
@ horseloverd2 : Yes, being so small has some advantages. If his legs are really deformed from birth he has some slightly chances to recover because he is so young and small. But we will see.
@ HowClever : Yes he seems to be dwarf but I'm not to knowledgeable about how dwarf ponies are born. His both parents seems to be Shetlands so he should be a Shetland too but he seems so small that I doubt it. We have another pony that was born from two Shetlands and he is very small, like a Mini. So it may be possible.

I think that we will wait to hear the vet's and farrier's opinions and see the x-rays. From what I know they will try to do whatever is possible for the pony and put him to sleep only if all the things will fail to help this poor thing.

I don't see how this pony will have a good life even if his condition will improve. But that's me, I don't like to see horses that are crippled from such a young age.

Thank you all for the opinions.

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post #6 of 24 Old 09-06-2011, 07:36 AM
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Best of luck. I would hate to see him PTS, but if it progresses to the point of acute pain, it would be best. Right now, I see no need to put him down.

Another example of a complication that can arouse from breeding. You can put thousands of dollars and much blood, sweat, and tears into finding two perfect horses, but the doubt is always there.
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post #7 of 24 Old 09-06-2011, 10:30 AM
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He even looks sad.
I don't want to be Debbie Downer, but I think he should be pts. His quality of life probably won't be great after the shelter puts in all the $$, he might die in the process.. Or he has underlying problems we can't see.
Can he be put on any medication for pain?
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@ equiniphile : I'm sure that he can live with this condition but I'm not sure if he will have some kind of quality of life as crippled as he is. It is possible from what I see to think that his legs will straighten up. But how much nobody can know. The road to recovery will be long so I'm not sure if it's correct for the little pony. He could be in pain now, or he can be in pain in the future as he grows up.

@ ilovemyPhillip : He can be put on Phenylbutazone (Bute) but I'm not sure if it's advisable because he is so young. We will ask the vet. Anyway to keep him on pain meds it's not an alternative because of the adverse reactions.

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Poor thing...
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Poor animal... I wonder what vet and farrier will say (but I'm afraid putting him to sleep will be a way to go eventually).

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