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post #1 of 27 Old 07-01-2009, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Twisted Leg

This foal was born with both legs a little twisted. One is really bad. When he walks, he twists. The vet didnt know if it was his knee or hip. He suggested giving him 30 days and taking another look. I just need some advice about what is going on, and if there is anything I can do to help him. Thanks
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post #2 of 27 Old 07-01-2009, 07:08 PM
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wow, never seen that before, hope he'll be all right.

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post #3 of 27 Old 07-01-2009, 07:18 PM
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I have a friend who has a baby and his leg does the exact same thing except it is on the front leg. The vet said it may or may not straighten out and they would have to wait and see.

I hope the same is true for you. How old is he?
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post #4 of 27 Old 07-01-2009, 08:30 PM
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Aw, he is adorable! I hope he will be alright. :)
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He will be a week old tomorrow, born on June 25. His mother is very protective of him, she keeps him up and moving around most of the time. We have them in a pasture by themselves.
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post #6 of 27 Old 07-01-2009, 08:47 PM
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Looks like a windswept leg to my inexperienced (breeding-wise) eyes. It could straighten up by itself, or I have heard of splints being used before. I have heard, though, that they can and usually do straighten up when given lots of room to run and play around.

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Poor little guy! Hes adorable! I hope everything straightens out!

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post #8 of 27 Old 07-01-2009, 11:53 PM
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Wow, that's so sad. I hope it straightens out, poor guy. Beautiful mare and foal by the way. :)
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post #9 of 27 Old 07-02-2009, 12:37 AM
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aww poor guy, hopefuly it will straighten. If you mare goes missing it was not me who took her.......!!

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post #10 of 27 Old 07-02-2009, 09:33 AM
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Hi there....
While I have seen many differnt type of foal and legs being "not straight" on my dad breeding farm, I have not seen on elike this. I think the vet is on the right track to give it a little time but 30 days....
How big of an enclosure are they in? Yes I have seen and heard of splinting. I am not sure what they will do for this leg. I wonder what an x-ray might show as far as the bones in this little guy and boy is it a cutie...
Sometimes these things do fix them selves but vetranary assistance is required...
How doe this foal move? What is hi gait like...I know he is a week old but he should be exploring a bit an moving around mommy.
I wonder what my dad might say about that ...I may run it by him if I speak with him today....see if he has ever seen one like that...
The mare is very beautiful as well...
One last question...who was there when the mare foaled??? Anyone....was this foal breech? Just wondering...
Have hope
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