Conformation Engineering is the application of non-invasive restorative techniques, to adjust and/or optimize overall conformation during a foal's first 6 months life - before growth coriums of the horse's bones transform into one bone. It is during this very early stage, that the horse's anatomy is receptive to new weight loading models, as they are impacted by the position and angles of the horse's feet. We've seen great success in correcting crooked legs in foals, using this non-invasive method.
The first three months are the most critical time of the life of a foal with respect to angular limb deformity. Although most of these issues are self-resolving as the foal's activity levels rise, the joints stabilize and strengthen, this is a great risk to take for any foal. However, the risk of long term foal leg deformities need no longer be considered inevitable.
NEWBORN FOAL LEG PROBLEMS
You may either be dealing with an angular deformity or with flexural deformity. Essentially, angular deformity in foals is when the straight line of the leg deviates when looked at from the back or the front. Flexural deformity in foals is when it appears bent, or even stretched when taking a side view.
FIXING FOAL LEG DEFORMITIES
Whether crooked legs in foals are self correcting or not, early awareness, assessment and systematic monitoring is key. It is also by far the cheapest insurance, for both the foal and your peace of mind. If corrective measures need to be taken, they can be implemented strategically and systematically.
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CORRECTING YOUR FOAL'S LEG DEFORMITIES
If you'd like an assessment of your foal's potential leg development trajectory, then the first step is to get in touch. Whether you think there is a potential issue or not, this is an opportunity to put your mind to rest.
We need to understand your particular foal's physical state, that of the broodmare, and their environment. As well as any concerns you may have. The call will take about 30 minutes. There is no charge for the consultation.
You will be guided to provide the required information, so we can make a proper photographic and video-graphic assessment of your foal's current conformation, and possible development trajectory. This forms the basis of our recommendations.
Although there are fundamental similarities in the conditions of the foal's maturing process, each situation is also inherently different. Recommendations, if deemed required, are made based on our assessment.
If we do recommend corrective measures to either remediate progressive deformities, or to simply enhance conformation development, they will be clearly outlined. We are pleased to work with your preferred farrier and/or veterinarian.