foals not doing well - need input from experienced breeders
A farrier client of mine went to a local auction and came home with a pair of foals in september. They appear to be quarter horse breeding. They looked about 4 months when they brought them home. They are not thriving. They have always been rather too quiet. We got them wormed with a in the water farm waterer - not handleable and not interested in grain, and they passed huge anounts of parasites. Still dull, hairy, pot bellied. One is lame front and back, stands stretched out front and back for about 2 weeks, the second is just starting to do the same. Finally got the vet out (farm type vet, not a horse specialist). Got them into the trailer and used the slants as a chute. Vet said thin but okay, dewormed them and started vaccines got their feet trimmed. Feet look okay, but there is heat and reduced range of motion in the pastern, more so in the lamer one, but also present in the second. Presents like ringbone. Vet is thinking some form of epithysis from low protein and bad ca:p ratio. Other joints look okay. They are eating about 1/2 lb of 12% sweet feed, a cup of mare and foal growth formula (nutrena - they don't like it) and free choice grass hay. Vet suggested adding alfalfa, and a few days of bute. Vet also said not to worry about deworming again until spring.
Would xraying the joints give any useful info? I have only seen epipthysis in fetlock and knees in over fed babies? I have always been told to dewom young stock more frequently and with these ones passing as many as they did with the first dose (piperazine)? I am concerned and would like them to call out a vet with experience with young horses, but need to give them a reason to do so.
thanks for any input