Better information makes for healthier horses, is where equine science and horse sense intersect.

Discussion on Club Foot at 4 months

Use the navigation bar above to access articles and more discussions on this topic.
Author Message
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Username: Julieh

Post Number: 68
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My little filly, who is 4 months old now, has developed a club foot. We weaned her last week when my trainer came to pick her up with her mommy. We are breeding the mare back to the same stallion, so our trainer picked up both of them and separated them once she took the mare to be bred. Our little filly was scheduled to come back home within the next two weeks, but the trainer's vet came out yesterday and noticed that our filly has a club foot. Actually, we had not noticed this at all. She said her left front has a 90 degree angle, she is walking on her toe and needs check ligament surgery right away. After reading all the articles here and discussions posted on this, I am a little confused why the surgery has been chosen before any other treatments. We are supposed to go to the barn when the vet comes back out to see the x-rays and discuss the surgery. I think what makes me a little uneasy is that this isn't our vet anyway and I would probably rather her come home and discuss with our vet. Our trainer wants her to stay there because she thinks she is better off with her vet. I guess my question is to all of you who have had experience with this - is surgery something should be considered before anything else?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Username: Kthorse

Post Number: 409
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 1:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

If you feel uncomfortable I would definatly say to the trainer you want a second opinion about surgery and see if your vet can go look at your filly. Even if both vets agree your mind will be at rest. If they dont you will at least have maybe more options. There is alot of information on the web just type in foals with clubfoot.The more knowledge will help you decide also.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Christine Holmes Bukowski
Username: Canyon28

Post Number: 137
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 7:06 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Having gone through this just two years ago with a filly of mine, I would definitely opt for the surgery as soon as possible the better if you plan on this horse being a performance horse. This is if the hoof is that steeply angled, as you said 90 degrees, would be a severe club foot and probably cannot be helped by frequent trimming by a good farrier. I would sure get another opinion, then choose your vet if there is more than one in your area that can do the surgery. I have had two club foots over the years and one of them we had under control by good trimming every 5 to 6 weeks, the toe must be left long and the farrier takes heel. On a club foot, the toe gets the wear and the heel is not touching the ground, so the heel grows more rapidly than the toe. so take heel, leave toe. On the one filly we kept trimming, she was doing real good until the spring of her yearling year, then hit a growth spurt and the foot went out of control. I had the surgery done then, but some damage had been already been done to her coffin bone. The other filly I had the surgery done as soon as she was weaned and she came through it like a champ and you would never know she had a club foot now and she has no damage to her coffin bone. So I suggest getting it done asap if you want this filly to remain sound all of her life.Various things can cause club foot, feeding problems with the mare, not enough minerals that may be lacking in your soils and local feeds. The other mare that had the one filly with the club foot, she has had two other foals since then by the same stallion and both are fine, so I think it was a mineral/feed problem.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Terrie Hook
Username: Dreamsox

Post Number: 18
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 10:29 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I also would suggest surgery with a good surgeon. One of my jumpers had a pretty good club foot, he won quite a bit, but there were balance problems. When I bred a filly who grew a club foot at 2 months,I opted for surgery and was very happy I had. She grew up to be a very successful event horse.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 15675
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 6:26 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

There is something odd about a 4 month old that has developed a 90 degree angle in just 2 weeks. I too think you need to get the opinion of your veterinarian if you are concerned about your trainer's vet opinion. However if it is a 90 degree club foot surgery will likely be necessary to return the foot to a more normal angle.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Username: Oscarvv

Post Number: 756
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 30, 2006 - 6:44 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Julie -
I wanted to get an update on your filly. How is she doing?
Post a Message to this Discussion
Full Service Members may post to this discussion and should address the orignial poster's concerns or other information posted here. New questions about your horse should be started in a new discussion. Use the navigation bar at the top of this page to return to the parent article and review the article and existing discussions. If your question remains unanswered "Start a New Discussion", the link is under the list of discussions at the bottom of the article.
Bold text Italics Underline Create a hyperlink Insert a clipart image

Options: Enable HTML code in message
Automatically activate URLs in message
Home Page | Todays Discussions | Search | Top of Page Administration
is The Horseman's Advisor
Helping Thousands of Equestrians, Farriers, and Veterinarians Every Day
All rights reserved, © 1997 - 2016 is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Horse Training in Stokesdale NC