A skilled helper gives the vet a hand with an uncooperative mare.
BY COURTNEY S. DIEHL, DVM
The 14-day-old foal skittered away from me and ducked under his mother as I tried to get a good look at his front legs. The owner was holding the huge mare, who was pranc- ing and agitated. After her hind foot whizzed past my ear, I decided that we needed to rethink the situation. I was there to evaluate little Olin for a problem in his front legs. The owner had noticed that he was fairly crooked-legged when he was born and had wisely confined the mare and foal
to a small pen for 10 days. Often this approach will straighten out bad legs, but it
wasn’t working on Olin. If anything, he was worse.
Advantage A Small
A Foal’s Worth
Olin’s mother, Bijou’s Jubilee, was
a fancy warmblood. She’d been a
top-ranked competitor at a number
of prestigious recognized dressage
shows, but had retired due to injury.
Her offspring were just entering
training and it was yet to be seen how
they would perform, but the owner
had high hopes for Olin.