Malton Equine Veterinary Services

Foal Medicine

Assessment of Limb Conformation
Assessment of Limb Conformation
Early Intervention for Limb Deformities in Foals: A Collaborative Approach for Optimal Development.
Limb deformities, whether in the form of flexural (contracted tendons) or angular (valgus/varus – toe-in/toe-out) issues, are not uncommon in newborn foals. However, timely detection and intervention can significantly improve or correct these deformities, ensuring the foal’s long-term limb confirmation and performance potential. Our dedicated team of equine veterinarians specializes in early recognition and tailored management of limb deformities, working collaboratively with you and your farrier to optimize the foal’s developmental trajectory.
Malton Equine Veterinary Services
If detected early, various interventions such as controlled exercise, corrective trimming, and, in some cases, therapeutic shoeing can be implemented to address the deformities effectively. We understand the critical role that the farrier plays in maintaining sound limb confirmation, and our collaborative approach involves close communication to ensure a cohesive and integrated plan for the foal’s well-being.

Emergency veterinary attention for your horse may be required at any time of the day or night. We provide veterinary care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to registered clients.

Foal Medicine

A prompt examination of the newborn foal within the first couple of days is a critical step in ensuring their well-being and addressing potential issues that may arise during foaling.

Neonatal (newborn) foal examination

IgG, or immunoglobulin G, is a crucial marker in assessing the immunity status of newborn foals. A low IgG reading is indicative of an insufficient transfer of immunity from the mare's colostrum to the foal.

Plasma Transfusion

Limb deformities, whether in the form of flexural (contracted tendons) or angular (valgus/varus - toe-in/toe-out) issues, are not uncommon in newborn foals.

Assessment of limb conformation

Entropion, the inward rolling of the lower eyelid, is a condition that, when left unaddressed, can adversely impact the ocular health of foals.

Management of entropion

Routine chest scanning for foals is a proactive and essential component of our equine veterinary care, especially considering the common occurrence of pneumonia in foals.

Routine chest scanning

Umbilical or inguinal hernias are conditions commonly encountered in foals, often manifesting within the first three months of life.

Management of hernias

In compliance with current regulations, it is now a legal requirement for all horses to be microchipped by six months of age, underscoring the importance of precise identification within the equine community.

Identification and microchipping for passports

In our commitment to ensuring the optimal health and well-being of your equine companion, we adhere rigorously to the latest advancements in equine health practices.

Advice on worming and vaccination

Newborn foals are immunologically naive and particularly vulnerable, necessitating specialized care to ensure their health and well-being.

Treatment of the sick foal