Are limb deformities a common problem in foals?Yes, a very high percentage of foals are born each year with crooked legs or limb deviations/deformities.The main reason is that foals have disproportionately long legs and these elongated limbs often appear crooked. These deformities or Angular Limb Deviations (ALD), are due mostly to ligament laxity and muscle weakness.In the majority of cases, nature ensures that the legs will eventually straighten.However, in some cases additional factors are involved and the limbs may fail to improve. If the deformity is mild, it may only be an insignificant conformational fault. But if it is severe then it may compromise the foal’s future athletic potential.Horses are bred to be athletes therefore the straightness of their limbs and the placement of their feet are important, to avoid joint problems, lameness and premature retirement.
Are (ALD) limb deviations in foals usually acquired or are they born with them?