Foal Joint Ill

By Garrett Metcalf, DVM

Foal season is upon us and it is expected to have sick foals. A common problem newborn and young foals experience is joint ill caused by a variety of reasons. A common misconception of a lame foal is that it was caused by trauma generally blamed on the mare. The rule all horse owners and veterinarians should live by when it comes to lame foals is that it is a septic joint until proven otherwise. The goal of this article is to discuss the risk factors for joint ill on foals, clinical signs of joint ill and treatment options.

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