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post #1 of 4 Old 06-25-2013, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have insight on acquired contracted tendons?

I can't find much online about it, so I figured I'd ask you guys!

My mom has a 26 y/o Appy mare. I believe she has acquired contracted tendons in both of her hind legs since instead of angling back her pasterns angle forward. She has had it for a long time in one of them, and when I asked my farrier and vet about it they brushed it off as the way she was standing (it was very slight). Now it is very noticeable in both hind legs.

They don't seem to bother her, she is still sound and moves no problem, I just don't want them turning into a problem. (I took her on a little trail ride today and she was a complete spit fire). When she moves or shifts her weight (like when I pick her hind feet out) her pasterns flex fine like they are supposed to, it's just when she is standing they kind of buckle forward.

Does anyone know what the possible causes/treatment/prognosis of something like this would be?
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Usually you see this in growing horses and Vitamin A and Calcium along with less feed fixes it. It is part of a larger set of problems referred to as DOD -- Developmental Orthopedic Disease.

At his age, you are probably looking more at arthritic problems. You might try a good joint supplement or injectables like Adequan or Legend and see if you see any difference.
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I would also suggest you look closely at how her feet are being trimmed. Poorly balanced feet might also play a small role.

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post #4 of 4 Old 06-26-2013, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! It surprises me that it doesn't bother her at all, because it looks pretty alarming. I'll talk to our vet about injectables and get her take.

I'll look at her feet, but to be honest I put more faith in our Farrier as far as their feet go than our vet. The vet even used one of my other horses as an example to show what a balanced hoof looks like, since she knows my shoers work.
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