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Title: Pastern Problem
Post by: RBS1977 on April 04, 2014, 09:27:14 AM
When calf is tied up he is constantly rocking back and forth on rear feet. Weight switches from right to left every few seconds. Never seen anything like it. Calf has no issues walking just standing. Seems like he is in pain. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Pastern Problem
Post by: Mainevent on April 04, 2014, 10:21:12 AM
May have arthritis had a calf that did the same thing and that's what vet said was wrong.
Title: Re: Pastern Problem
Post by: Westtexas1005 on April 04, 2014, 11:01:29 AM
Have had the same problem too, it does sound like arthritis as ME said, there are a lot of supplements out there that can be top dressed on feed that can be fed and really help. I have all my kids that fee use equex it is a joint supplement for horses but really does work. Also I give a shot of glucosamine every 30 days for good measure.
Title: Re: Pastern Problem
Post by: vc on April 04, 2014, 11:03:35 AM
What does he do when he is loose and standing, is this with his head up or just tied where he can stand or lay down?
Title: Re: Pastern Problem
Post by: RBS1977 on April 04, 2014, 11:10:22 AM
What does he do when he is loose and standing, is this with his head up or just tied where he can stand or lay down?

Watched him while he ate this morning and he did the same thing. Was not tied.
Title: Re: Pastern Problem
Post by: rackranch on April 04, 2014, 02:18:07 PM
I would not worry about it unless he starts to develop other symptoms.  I've seen them do it before. Especially when eating.
Title: Re: Pastern Problem
Post by: cowman 52 on April 04, 2014, 02:38:19 PM
Had several of these a few years back,  from your description, bet the calf is a little straight on the back legs, feet might be a little small in relation to bone,  hips really square and wide,  stride not quite long enough?  If I'm close, he rocks to take the pain off one foot, then the other,  probably hurts as long as he is on something with a more solid footing.  Home in the grass or soft lot not much problem. 
We found that not trimming the feet too close,  not getting them too much up on their toes,  don't shrink the hoof diameter when trimming helps, starting on aspirin about a week before a show,  two to start, and one every 30 hrs or so will ease the symptoms some. Is there any chance of a little founder?  Does standing in water or mud change the symptoms?
Title: Re: Pastern Problem
Post by: Telos on April 04, 2014, 06:08:44 PM
Had several of these a few years back,  from your description, bet the calf is a little straight on the back legs, feet might be a little small in relation to bone,  hips really square and wide,  stride not quite long enough?  If I'm close, he rocks to take the pain off one foot, then the other,  probably hurts as long as he is on something with a more solid footing.  Home in the grass or soft lot not much problem. 
We found that not trimming the feet too close,  not getting them too much up on their toes,  don't shrink the hoof diameter when trimming helps, starting on aspirin about a week before a show,  two to start, and one every 30 hrs or so will ease the symptoms some. Is there any chance of a little founder?  Does standing in water or mud change the symptoms?

 Great description of what we should not be selecting for in a breeding program. I see too many that fit into this category.