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post #1 of 3 Old 03-09-2020, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Polymer glue on for a lateral front leg rotation

Hi ! Has anyone had any luck with correcting a mild lateral rotation ( from the knee) , on a 9 month old, with a polymer glue on shoe with a medial extension? Vet says it is too late, farrier thinks it is worth a shot ( being very cautious and non aggressive, as we understand the potential torque on the collateral ligaments). He has been trimmed regular since 4 months old, with no real improvement. Appendix qh that was born windswept ( has also had regular body work since he was weaned at 5 months) . Thanks!!
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-10-2020, 02:06 AM
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Short answer is no. Have never seen anyone even try correcting angular limb deformities, on anything but a new foal. But 9mo the lower legs are relatively 'mature' for want of better term, so it's not like correcting limb deformities on a young child say. So drastically changing joint angles etc is more likely to cause pain & osteo arthritis of the joint - tho osteo arthritis may already be present/going to happen anyway due to the deformity. Added torque on bones/joints can also damage & retard growth of open growth plates. Not at all saying it's not possible, but I'd want a top vet team working on the horse, def not just a farrier, and accept that it may not work, may leave the horse worse off.

The other thing is, I'm thinking of 'lateral rotation at the knee' as 'splay footed' or 'toed out' confo. The bone is twisted, turned out at the knee. In which case, medial extension couldn't work anyway. But perhaps you mean the leg(s) valgus from the knee - as in, knock kneed, leg angled outwards from knee down? In which case, I've seen some success in foals with medial extensions, plus splints/braces, to keep leg as straight as possible while it's further developing.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-10-2020, 05:22 AM
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I agree that it is to late.

Having been in the TB breeding industry I have seen several quite severe limb deformities. Within 24 hrs I have had vet and farrier in to treat.

Early intervention is essential.
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