Welcome to the Foal Patrol Blog! Here you will find content from all of our mares in one place. Please check back regularly as we will be constantly posting new content.

UPDATE: Stopchargingmaria To Be Featured On TV!

August 18th, 2018

Foal Patrol will be featured on NYRA TV (Fox / MSG) at about 2:15 ET...unless the schedule changes between now and then!  Please tune in to see our Foal Patrol stars!!

Stopchargingmaria18 To Be Featured on TV!

August 17th, 2018

Foal Patrol is pleased to announce NYRA TV will broadcast a three-minute feature all about Foal Patrol tomorrow (August 18) just before the Alabama to commemorate Stopchargingmaria's 2014 win in Saratoga!  

Foal Patrol Fans may remember Stopchargingmaria, ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez won the 134th running of the Alabama by three-quarters of a length.  Here we are four years later, following her 2018 filly, hoping she becomes as famous as her mom!

Make sure to tune in tomorrow to NYRA TV on FS2 and MSG+ between 2-6:30p ET!

Here are a couple recent video updates from Three Chimneys that will be part of the story:

A Vey Special Bond

Bodensee (ViaVeneto)
August 14th, 2018

At four months, Bodensee and her surrogate mother have continued to bond since birth.  They're very content strolling around the paddock to various shady spots.  Melissa at Double Diamond tells us that Bodensee is quite the social butterfly and enjoys her paddock mates.  

Bodensee will be in the last group of foals to be weaned.  So for the next few weeks, she'll continue to enjoy her very special bond with her mom.

He's Going Strong!

August 13th, 2018

Arravale18 is phased by nothing!  You'll see in this video, his recent surgery has had no impact on his attitude!!  Gotta love that boy!!

Arravale18 - Nothing Keeps Him Down!

August 6th, 2018


Below is an article Chelsey has shared with us that helps explain Arravale18's procedure.

Angular Limb Deformities in Young Horses

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

When one or more of a foal’s limbs has the appearance of being bent sideways or rotated, the condition is known as an angular limb deformity. A number of foals exhibit this problem, which sometimes self-corrects in mild cases as the foal grows. More significant deformities can be treated during the foal’s early months of life, leading to a resolution of the deformity and a better chance for an athletic future when the horse matures.

Angular limb deformities can take the form of a lateral or medial deviation of the limb. The angulation can arise in association with uneven elongation from the growth plate (physis) or alternatively can be involved in abnormalities of the cuboidal bones of the carpus and tarsus. Most commonly the problems are associated with uneven physeal growth and involve the physes of the distal radius, metacarpus and metatarsus, or tibia, in that order. When a deviation results in the lower part of the limb bending out (lateral), it is termed valgus, while a deviation to the inside (medial) is termed varus. The total nomenclature for angular deformities is derived by combining the name of the involved joint or the joint immediately distal to the affected growth plate and the type of deviation. For example, a lateral deviation of the distal limb due to an affected distal radial growth plate or abnormal cuboidal bones of the carpus would be termed carpal valgus.

The etiology of angular limb deformities is complex and thought to be multifactorial. The two main categories of factors include perinatal and developmental. Perinatal factors are usually involved when a foal is born with an angular limb deformity, whereas foals that are normal at birth but develop an angular limb deformity are more likely to suffer from one or more of the developmental factors.

Some degree of carpal valgus is thought to be a normal deformity in the young foal, and most of these correct naturally. There have been no nutritional factors consistently associated with this disease. In managing these cases, one must first realize that depending on the location there is a typical growth curve for each of the physes. In the carpus, the growth plate stays open for two years and there is a diminishing rate of lengthening that continues for over a year. On the other hand, when the deformity involves the fetlock, the time available for manipulation of the growth curve is much lower. All effective elongation in the physis at the distal metacarpus or metatarsus ceases around three months of age.

When an angular limb deformity involves the bones in the joint, such as the carpus or tarsus, this needs to be recognized radiographically and is treated with braces or casts to maintain the limb in alignment while the cuboidal bones ossify. This problem occurs relatively infrequently. When it does, it is often associated with a premature foal or a hypothyroid foal.

The more common situation of growth imbalance is associated with the physis, and management depends on the location. In the fetlock, it is generally considered an emergency and periosteal stripping is done at one to two months. The ideal time is one month and it should be done by two months. At three months, the amount of correction that can be attained is much lower and the blemish following periosteal elevation is more obvious. With carpal valgus, there is much more time for manipulation, and periosteal strippings between two and six months are quite common. The principle of periosteal stripping is to transect the periosteum (which acts as a normal restraining device to physeal lengthening on that side) and allow a speeding up of cartilage growth in the physis (hence, lengthening) on that side. It is generally a simple, complication-free procedure. If the problem is not diagnosed until it is too late to obtain sufficient benefit from periosteal stripping, a more drastic option is stapling or screw and wire fixation of the physis. The principle here is to halt growth on the fastest growing side to allow continued growth on the opposite side of the physis and straightening of the limb.

It is important to consult with your veterinarian regarding the best treatment and management options for foals with angular limb deformities. All foals cannot be considered the same in regard to conservative or surgical treatment. Breed differences, age of the foal, and location and severity of the angular limb deformity all impact the decision for the best therapy.