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Help guesstimating foaling

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Give him time. We had a friend whos mini foals looked like your colts when born. After two months, with plenty of room to exercise, his legs straightened.

We also have had babies with leg issues. With time and exercise, they have straightened out.

We had a filly born last year sitting back on her hind legs. She actually walked on her heel bulbs. We trimmed and let her out to exercise a lot. Her legs strenghtened over time and a year later shes perfect.

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Give it time, many mini foals seem to recover from greater laxity in their legs than you'll full-size foals recover from. I'd probably keep them in the stall for at least a few days, then move to a bigger pen for more exercise, just watch that he doesn't over do.

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Our original equine vet (who was the best one we've ever had) was a specialist in equine performance horses for the NW, so he KNEW about LEGS.

 

We freaked out when we had a foal with leg problems and our vet snorted at us and told us to wait "a few weeks" and let him be a normal foal. He needs to be able to move around naturally and build/develop muscles and tendons......... Our vet was right for the few issues we've had - every time. If there's no improvement, THEN step in.

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Congratulations on the arrival :)

 

Agree with everyones comments to allow plenty of room to exercise. please keep us posted on his progress :yes

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Congratulations!! He is Gorgeous! I absolutely adore a bay pinto. KBnSketti this tendon laxity is really scary looking but it's pretty common and will go away with time. Depending on where you live, if your area is selenium deficient your Vet. may want to give him a shot. First and foremost I always recommend getting your own Vet out to examine.

Now in my own opinion, The best thing for him now is Plenty of Movement. He needs to be able to follow mom and move freely not in a tiny confined place at all and no splinting. Here is an archived post you can read, there is good reference here from people who have been through this. There are other posts here like this one but I picked this one because of Tony having such a great progression photo. Skip on to page two to see the photos and read about Tony at Little America's colt.

Good luck with him! Please post photos as he improves.

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Congratulations !!! Adorable baby ! Hope his legs keep gettin' stronger !

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Thank you everyone! This little guy's legs have really improved! My vet said to keep him in his stall but after reading a lot and hearing others advice I let him out for a couple hours a couple times a day in a small pasture. His legs are still a little crooked but are almost straight! Here are some pictures of his improvement.

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WOW !!! What an improvement they are looking so much better already :)

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