oh yeah..just another word of encouragement. I have know of some Prix-st georges and grand prix dressage horses that had contracted tendons as foals. it's not a hopeless case. Your foal doens't look horrible as it's able to stand, move and function. I'd give it a good survival and improvment percentage if it were mine.Boinky said:looks contracted to me too. I dealt with a severely contracted foal once where his soles of his hooves were litterally bent all the way up against his fetlock area. Hot soaks and streaching were recommended and did help to loosen the tendons. It's slow work but does tend to help. he doesn't look like he's severely contracted and i'd recommend definatly exercise as someone else mentioned and doing the streaches!
True Robin, but you have to be careful about damaging the kidneys, and it has to be started within the first three days.RobinRTrueJoy said:If it is contracted tendons, get the vet to give Tetracycline IV, right away, it has the ability to relax the tendons a bit but you have to do it imediatley.
(from my Equine Medicine and Surgery book)Oxytetracycline (20-25 mg/lb) given intravenously does appear to relax the soft tissues. The mechanism of action is unknown, and the drug is most efficacious when given in the first three days of life. This dose is extremely high, but appears to be safe for healthy foals, and can be repeated at 24-hour intervals. The drug should be used with extreme caution (if at all) in foals with renal impairment. The renal parameters should be determined before using oxytetracycline if renal impairment is suspected.