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post #1 of 7 Old 06-16-2011, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Windswept foal

I had foal born 3 days ago and he is severely windswept. We are using splints for a few hours a day. Just looking for anyone with any experience in this area. Does foal grow out of it? Thanks
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-16-2011, 10:38 AM
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A boarder had one born here two years ago. Filly is just fine now. Vet will advise on the amount and type of turnout to help.

Good luck!
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Ahh that is good to know! I think it may be a bit longer for him to recover as he is so big! He weighs 143 and is 3 days old today.
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Ahh that is good to know! I think it may be a bit longer for him to recover as he is so big! He weighs 143 and is 3 days old today.
That is why is he windswept! Not enough room in mama!
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-16-2011, 10:59 AM
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Awe, poor babe!

I don't have any advice, but just wanted to wish you good luck with him!
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Be very careful with turnout. We have helped with several. We used to get all of the re-habs from a Vet clinic that did not want to bother with them.

We found they straightened up best with stall rest and did not splint them. We had some start out so bad they needed help getting up and needed help standing for the first few day.

They were much better and could follow their mamas in a few weeks at most -- some in a few days if they weren't that bad.

I have seen some pretty bad scars from splints that rubbed a foal's legs.
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Poor baby. And poor you! How stressful! I have never personally dealt with one, however-I own a 22 yo who was so severely windswept at birth the vet recommended euthing him. Somehow the breeder used PVC and splinted him. I do not know the details, unfortunately, and have not been able to find her website in about 3 yrs(I just looked for you). Anyway-he was fine. I bought him as a 4 yo, and he has not ever taken a lame step, hunted, shwon, etc, until about 3 yrs ago, when he started with arthritis.

So, hang in there-they can be just fine. Follow the advise of those who know, and your baby will straighten up and lead a great life!

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