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14th June 2010, 07:38 AM

The broodmare up the stables had here little foal yesterday. Its a black colt. Its not doing too great poor thing. It looks to be very weak but also they think it has this thing where the bones in his back legs have fussed together and the tendon isnt long enough. When you look at the foal next to him, when she was born she had just as much bone as he does and he looks to be as strong as she does the only difference is he doesnt have the muscle she does. Unfortunatly this means that the other foal is stuck inside as her star her mum doesnt like going out without pearl and she wont be able to go out until her foal is strong enough.

Here are the pics

This my friend milking Pearl.
My sister bottle feeding him.
Helping him to stand up (whilst we were helping mum kept knickering, i will get the video up of us helping him up when get it on to youtube)
Him laying down.

Thanks for looking.

14th June 2010, 07:48 AM
Aww, I just read your post in the other section about him so I came to have a look at him.
Poor little thing, it's so sad :( But looks like you are all doing a great job of helping him along. I really hope things get better for him.
Please keep us updated!!!

14th June 2010, 08:02 AM
Thank you. Pearl is getting the best hay we have, we are constantly throwing it in for her and she will also get really big feeds as she isnt looking to great either.

Im going up the yard after i have done my horses, so will see how he is getting on and help them out with, milking her and bottle feed him. I keep you lot updated on his progress.

14th June 2010, 08:20 AM
Poor littel guy. Hope he picks up

My Crazy Clan
14th June 2010, 11:11 AM
I can't see the photos.

14th June 2010, 11:15 AM
Poor little guy :( I hope he perks up soon and mum is ok too.

14th June 2010, 11:35 AM
Thanks everyone!

Went up briefly this morning to see him and he seems to be a bit stronger. I didnt stay long as they had the vet there. We have to try and keep him lying upright because of his breathing and try and get him up. The vet said keep an eye on mum but im not sure if it was just a routine thing to say of if the is something up with mum or not.

I will be going up later as my sister has to sort her horse out and there a lessons on so i will find out whats going on with mum and baby.

But from the little i saw of him today, he looked at lot brighter today.

Rhea- i have been having that problem on some of the other posts that i cant see there photos. I though it was just my computer.

My Crazy Clan
14th June 2010, 03:41 PM
I can see them now, hes a lovely boy.

14th June 2010, 03:48 PM
I don't know if its just me but mum doesn't look in the best of state. Could be why shes not producing that much milk!

Hope baby recovers soon! :( Has very long legs though and looks like he is going to be a big boy!

14th June 2010, 04:31 PM
Anni~Bell- It isnt you, she looks awful too. She was ill 2 or 3 months ago and i personally dont think she ever recovered. The vet said today watch her closely to and make sure she doesnt go down too. She has been given something to make her produce more milk and the vet is pleased we have brought milk re-placer because it will give mum a break.

I will defiantly keep you all updated on his progress

14th June 2010, 08:10 PM
i once looked after a foal who had a problem much like you are descibing but he was much older, his bones grew faster than his tendons so it made him quite bent and deformed and also lame, the vet made us starve him to stunt his growth it was horrible

He is lovely looking though hope he manages

14th June 2010, 10:10 PM
SaW- Thank you. I went up this evening and gave mum a feed and things and he really really tried to get up his back legs just couldnt do it. It was like he was a few hours old. He had his feet planted on the ground even the back ones, his back legs just didnt have the strength. We think by the end of the week he will be up and about.

Im up tomorrow morning to help out so will get more off an update. Today i wasnt ment to go up just did because of him

15th June 2010, 04:10 PM
Bless him. I just hope he will make it.

15th June 2010, 07:11 PM
Awww He looks a lovely boy! such a shame he's struggling to get up but I'm sure he'll get there!

As for mum, whatever illness she had sure knocked it out of her didn't it. BUT please be carefull not to overdo the feeding - particularly given the colts problems.

High quality fibre is the best you can do for her. Add lib hay and something like alfa a but I personally wouldn't put her on mixes and I CERTAINLY wouldn't feed her a balancer. simply because all that she is fed, she will pass on to her foal and that could exacerbate his problems. She may continue to look poor but she will pick up after weaning.

15th June 2010, 07:26 PM
He is very cute bless him, sounds like he is in the best of hands x

15th June 2010, 07:49 PM
i was gonna mention propping some straw bales behind him. we do that with weak calves.

15th June 2010, 09:51 PM
Elliebellie- He is doing much better. He is able to stand on his own and was trying his very hardest to walk around. He still cant get up on his own but he is drinking from mum now.
We are feeding her what is recommended by the vet. Im not sure completely what it is as i dont make her feed.

Poor Pearl had to have a wash out today. The vet is concerned more on her now than the foal as the foal is progressing everyday and she is weak.

It wont be long till his is up and about on his own.

Thank you everyone for you kind comments