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  • Joined Mar 2021
Bagot billy off one of his legs
« on: November 06, 2021, 09:44:10 am »
Noticed last weekend that one of our Bagot Billies was carrying his rear right leg. Figured at the time he could have got into an altercation with one of the Bagots. Having shown no sign of improvement on Sunday I called the vet. She came out, had a cursory look at his foot, gave him some metacam and left. Unsatisfied with how that visit went we had another vet from the same practice out on Monday. A thorough examination took place which included taking his temperature which at the time showed no sign of him suffering from an infection. Checking the leg every day we notice that on Wednesday that just above the hoof there was some definite heat. Phoned vet and went and got a 'sub -cut' antibiotic with the trademark name Zactran. This has brought down the heat, but a week later he is still off his leg. So I am  wondering what our next move should be? Is it worth, for example, taking him to have his leg x-rayed? Are we being impatient? And if he has sprained his leg it will take a lot longer to recover? These are just some of the questions we have...


  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Bagot billy off one of his legs
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2021, 10:18:32 am »
If by "just above the hoof" you mean the coronary band, then it could be what is known in horses as a "gravel" - essentially a tiny bit of muck has gotten into the cavity between the outer horn and the pad and gone "up the inside" causing an abscess.  It will be very painful and can take a couple of weeks before it comes out the top and bursts.  Antibiotics will help with the infection.  You could also try thoroughly cleaning the foot and soaking it in epsom salts.  Once the abscess bursts and it cleans itself out it should be ok.

Usually this is caused by one of several things as follows:
- overgrown hoof horn resulting in a widening of the gap between horn and pad at the bottom (allows muck to get trapped);
- wet ground conditions (lots of mud where they're pottering about and softens the horn growth);
- sometimes a propensity for particular animals to be susceptible (often if they are deficient in biotin, methionine and zinc in their diet and therefore aren't growing proper quality horn).

Metacam will act as a painkiller (I'm assuming she left that with you with instructions on dosage and frequency);
Antibiotics will help control the infection whilst it runs its course.

Sprains normally show up as a very "quick" injury with swelling and heat... the fact that yours only showed heat after the pain would make me think an abscess was more likely.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.
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  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: Bagot billy off one of his legs
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2021, 11:12:38 am »
Thank you for the advise. This incredibly useful. And yes you are right it is the coronary band where the swelling is.  We live halfway up a welsh mountain so given the time of year the ground is now wet. We supplement their food with biotin and they have a zinc lick, which to be honest they don't really touch. We also give them a further supplement which covers trace elements like Zinc, copper etc. Washing his foot sounds like a very good idea. As you might understand, we were worried that we aren't doing enough to help him. Frank, an unrelated Billy has taken on paternal responsibilities and will nuzzle him and provide further assistance when he is standing. He leans up against him, hooks his horn underneath him, tells him when he has been sitting in one place for too long. I've never seen anything like that before.


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Bagot billy off one of his legs
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2021, 11:13:31 am »
To add to that you should also ensure that he is not trying to mate any females until his leg is healed completely. Also AB's may make him temporarily infertile.


  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: Bagot billy off one of his legs
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2021, 12:34:55 pm »
Thank you for the advise. We only four bagot billy goats, no females. We four wethered Balwen sheep who put up with being occasionally hassled by our boys. 


  • Joined Mar 2021
Re: Bagot billy off one of his legs
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2021, 04:20:04 pm »
Thanks to Scarlet Dragon we did wash his hoof today. We have been checking his hoof everyday, but it was only when we washed his hoof today that we found a wound. It had been oozing puss which had gone rock hard. We have golden hoofed him today and sprayed the site with an antibiotic spray. 


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