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Karen Vazquez (Mollyo)
Posted on Sunday, Aug 20, 2000 - 11:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


I have a 5 month filly diagnosed with Contracted Tendons in her front fetlock area of both front legs. I wonder if it is possible that she would get a little worse before she gets better, I have had her on a restricted diet of Timothy grass along with her dam (although she does seem to eat along side her mother often), and stall rest. She has grown rapidly since birth and after a week off of all grain and alfalfa, she seems to be getting a huge belly and her lameness and stiffness has increased. She can barely walk on slightly uneven ground. I also have her on vitamins rich in copper and a product called "No Bute" for inflammation due to Epiphysitis. I may be impatient as it has only been a week but I hope I am on the right track.

Thank you for your reply.

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Robert N. Oglesby DVM (Dro)
Posted on Monday, Aug 21, 2000 - 10:21 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I think you need some professional help. I am unsure about the lameness and its relation to the problem. The fact that it continues to worsen despite restricted diet needs further evaluation before the next step can be prescribed (see article for the possible alternatives and there indications). It is normal for horses on high fiber diets to get a big belly.
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