Mini Cow contracted tendons

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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by Gab455 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:19 pm

Yes he’s nursing he’s already two weeks old.... seems like very little improvement.



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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by Rafter S » Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:06 pm

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What is the only way ? I’m asking for more suggestions and is the splint better on front or back ? Should I be splinting has anyone ever been able to correct this ? I’ve added a before pic. He was originally walking on his knuckles now he’s very slightly on the hooves .... idk if I should keep splints on or off I’m asking for ppl with more experience for suggestions .
I'm sorry. I misunderstood. I thought you were looking for an alternative to splinting.
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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by Gab455 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:32 pm

Rafter S I’m looking for any suggestions that may help this little guy because I’ve read so many different things including doing nothing and that he will come along with time. Definitely hard to watch with no splints and the humidity down here is killer so I’m changing bandages and resetting splints frequently .

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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by 76 Bar » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:16 pm

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76 Bar do u think it’s still fixable after two weeks I wish I could upload pics ....hes a mini but good size for a mini so u also suggest splinting from behind ?
Two weeks isn't unusual before knuckled over calves begin to improve. I've never bothered to splint them. For a variety of reasons the "cure" can cause more harm than good. If he's showing any improvement at all I'd consider it positive and he'll likely eventually be sound. What puzzles me is knuckling over is associated with big birth wt calves as in excess of 100 lbs or more. In spite of the fact your guy had a light BWT & from mini genetics, perhaps the dam's uterine environment compromised his development. Whatever....please keep us posted regarding what transpires.

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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by Gab455 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:19 pm

76 bar is there a way I can get pics to you?

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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by 76 Bar » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:27 pm

Try sending a pm with pics attached. I'll let you know if I receive it.

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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by Gab455 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:32 pm

Sent !

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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by SBMF 2015 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:34 pm

76 Bar wrote:
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:16 pm
Gab455 wrote:
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:38 am
76 Bar do u think it’s still fixable after two weeks I wish I could upload pics ....hes a mini but good size for a mini so u also suggest splinting from behind ?
Two weeks isn't unusual before knuckled over calves begin to improve. I've never bothered to splint them. For a variety of reasons the "cure" can cause more harm than good. If he's showing any improvement at all I'd consider it positive and he'll likely eventually be sound. What puzzles me is knuckling over is associated with big birth wt calves as in excess of 100 lbs or more. In spite of the fact your guy had a light BWT & from mini genetics, perhaps the dam's uterine environment compromised his development. Whatever....please keep us posted regarding what transpires.
He weighs 40lbs, wouldn't that be a big mini? I usually associate "knuckling over" with large calves that ran out of room. Just like you said. So wouldn't it be the same problem just mini sized?
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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by Gab455 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:41 pm

I do think he’s on the bigger side for a mini.

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Re: Mini Cow contracted tendons

Post by wbvs58 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:37 pm

As Nesi said they tire quickly, that is as they start to improve they start to walk on tippy toes but after being up for a couple of minutes knuckle over again. Either keep them confined in a yard or in a small paddock with just the cow so they don't have to move much. The cow usually understands the situation and will keep close to them however if out with the herd she may want to move around with them. I had a run of them about 10 years ago and never did anything with them except making sure they did not have to move around much.

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