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Foal that 'wings out' at the trot - LINK IS WORKING!

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  • Foal that 'wings out' at the trot - LINK IS WORKING!

    I have noticed recently that my almost 3 month old filly by Balou du Rouet wings out with her left front. I really don't see it on the other side. Im not very experienced with foals and this type of conformational flaw, but I am wondering if this is something she may grow out of? I am adding a link to a video I took recently where she was trotting towards me, but its not great and may be hard to see. It seems to me the winging is from the knee. She had her feet trimmed at 6 weeks and will be done again in the next 2. She looks well conformed to me...


    Iwill also add some pictures that i've taken as well but as I have not taken any for the purpose of showing her front legs they may not be great for judging where the winging comes from.

    If anyone has had this experience or thinks I can correct it please share! I don't want to start forking out $$ just to find out its part of growing. Thanks in advance! (FYI the mare does not wing out, or any ancestors that the owners knows about).
    5 hours old
    Last edited by kaispen; Jun. 18, 2017, 09:34 PM.

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    You can't see video. Up to the first four/five months you have a chance to correct this before the bones close. Normally with something like this it can be corrected with correct trimming. If you want to be sure, have our vet look at her and make sure your farrier is on target.

    For foals, it's very easy to get a file and do little bits yourself to help this. Every 8 weeks isn't going to do it.


    • #3
      She looks awfully straight to even a little turned in in that front-facing picture, for as young as she is. She looks more appropriately turned out in the 5 hour picture, but not as much as most foals are.

      Foals should turn out, from the top of the leg down, when young. They should be straight when viewed from the front of the leg (which is off to the side of the body). This means they often wing (paddling is when the foot moves outside of the path flight, winging is when it move in toward the midline). As they grow, and their chest widens, the legs start rotating in over the years, which leads to the ideally straight-when-viewed-from-front legs.

      Not only does your appear too straight-forward for her age, she appears to be turned IN a little bit.

      I'd say it's time for some serious consults with foal specialists.

      IMHO she's been to long between farrier visits. 6 weeks is a bit long for the first visit, but not awful. Ideally it's in the 2-4 week range. But it's been 6 weeks again now, and another 2 before she's on the schedule, when ideally they should be seen monthly for the first....year or so, unless things just prove with visit after visit there's really nothing changing, then 6 weeks could be tried for a time or 2 and see how things go.

      IMHO, she needs to be seen now, by someone very well-versed on foal leg growth.

      I would not recommend this OP do any DIY trimming. Minor imbalances on adults are one thing, but leaving an extra couple mm on a foot, or taking too many mm off, can lead to some issues. Foal feet are also a bit different from adults, and often the ONLY thing that needs to be done is a swipe to take the point off the toes, or a swipe across the heels. The trimmer needs to know they feet are not supposed to point straight forward at this age.
      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


      • #4
        Originally posted by JB View Post
        The trimmer needs to know they feet are not supposed to point straight forward at this age.
        THIS ^^

        I have nearly all my foals looked at by corrective farrier who is very experienced with foal growth. IMO the first year of trims are so very important.. only a small window to fix issues before the bones close.
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          JB I understand what you are saying. I have booked an appointment with a very experienced farrier that does corrective work at a clinic nearby. He is supposed to be excellent. He said the same thing about being turned out and not straight, as did the owner of the mare I bred to. My filly had a big growth spurt early on except she got very WIDE and pony-like. Thats when the mare owner suggested I get her feet done to get her turned out a bit as her width was straightening her out. I didn't realize it could be this bad. I had no idea her being 'straight' was a bad thing, but I get it now. And im worried...