This is a very common disease of the new born foal. It can be presented by valgus deformity, where the limb deviates to the outside, outward rotation (splay foot) (picture1) or a varus deformity where the limb deviates to the inside (pigeon toes). In most cases, these deformities are just postural. However with time the bone adapts to the abnormal loading of the limb which results in a permanent rotational deformity. Many foals are born with a mild carpal valgus and toe-out, this is considered normal and as the foals growths and the chest widens, the limbs straighten progressively.

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