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post #1 of 4 Old 06-23-2019, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Foal dragging his backend

I rescued a younger foal from being sent to the kill pen about a month or so ago. He was born in a field, had very little human contact and was extremely malnourished. He’s been putting on a bit of weight, but once his winter coat finally came off it was clear his spine is humped up a bit like a roach back and he has trouble moving his hind legs for the first few steps. I have a vet coming out, but he can’t be here for another week or so. I also have pictures and a video, but I don’t know how to share it on this forum. Any advice you have would be great. Thank you!
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-23-2019, 03:07 PM
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How old is he now? Still with mom?

Does he walk out of it? It looks like his weight is pretty good and his issue is likely conformational (not helped by his initial poor care I'm sure)

I'd love to see better pictures of him but my thought on his back are it is what it is, it likely won't ever be a major problem, and I would think he'd be sound for at least light riding if not more. It's ugly, but a roach back doesn't effect them too much. I would geld him if he's not already (don't need that passed on!) and I would also try to find a veterinary chiropractor to look at him at some point (get the regular vets opinion first).

My thought with his hind legs given what I can see is he likely has locking stifles. You can look up videos on youtube see how they compare. This can be a phase even a well built foal can go through and if he has poor conformation that will make it worse. You can do exercises to strengthen the stifles and he may possibly grow out of it, but I'm guessing it will always be a weak point for him, especially if conformational. Of course, this is just a hunch going off his build in the picture.

Did you send the pictures and video to your vet? The video can be uploaded to youtube and then a link pasted here, I don't think you can upload it directly.

I think his weight is ok right now, your next step is mostly just the time and proper care to fix the malnourishment issues and keep him growing well.

Do check out a chiropractor for him.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-23-2019, 03:15 PM
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If you have a chiropractic vet available that would also be my suggestion. May not be an innate defect but a birthing trauma that a good chiro can fix.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-23-2019, 05:08 PM
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You donít say if he was rescued with his mother and if he wasnít, how old was he and how was he fed?
If not fed correctly young foals that are weaned too early can suffer from skeletal problems caused by calcium deficiency
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