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karen umphryes
Username: America

Post Number: 11
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, Jan 8, 2007 - 9:50 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My filly was born over at the knees I thought she would with time get better she did and was normal looking as a 2 month old foal not over at the knees no more . Time went by and I wiend her at 4 1/2 months of age she was stalled with a run behind her stall and by week three her problem came back in her front legs over at the knees she would also shake her legs while standing popping her knees back and forth. Now she is lame in her back right hind never before I thought she had injured her self maybe casted or something in that way . She never had any swelling any where. It has been a month and she seems to be getting worse now buckling over at her fetlock as she moves and not wanting to put her heal down as she walks . What should I do Doctor O
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 17451
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2007 - 6:11 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Karen,
you need to localize the lameness first and after discovering where the leg hurts get a diagnosis. Only then will you know how to treat it properly. The buckling sounds more like an effect of the lameness and not a cause and as long as the horse is this lame, should have enforced rest. For more on localizing lameness see Diseases of Horses » Lameness » Localizing Lameness in the Horse. If you cannot find the cause you should involve your veterinarian as a month gone by and worsening suggests the horse needs some help with this.
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