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post #1 of 7 Old 07-23-2013, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Boots for tendon problems?

My horse is a retired barrel racer, and she's about 18. The people who raced her didn't warm her up before she raced, and so the tendons in her back legs can cause her a lot of trouble. She can't run very well, and they'll swell up on a really hot day or after exercise, but she's fine on trail rides and the like. Are there any boots or wraps that I would be able to put on her legs so she doesn't have so much trouble?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-23-2013, 03:02 AM
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Ugh. I hate hearing stories like this. Just had a girl up at the Pendleton barrel race not warm her horse up before running that monster of a track, and is now wondering why she's always bleeding out her nose or lame or something...Just ignorance, in any sport, especially a high impact one like barrel racing. That's why my barrel horse gets warmed up to the nines...

rant over. xD

For the trails, I wouldn't put any boots on. They'll do more harm than good. For the arena though, I would look into Iconoclaust boots.

What does the vet say about it?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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The vet basically said that she's fine (he's never seen when her legs swell at the hocks or when she limps), but our farrier advised we use an analgesic gel, because she can get quite stiff. She's cleared to work in the therapeutic riding program I have her in, and she can do trails and walk/trot without much trouble. I don't race, and the only times I've seen her really show side effects is when the horses out in the pasture and other pens go nuts, so she does too. I'm mainly wondering if there's something to alleviate some of the stress, because her legs do hurt her pretty often. I've put her on supplements and Rapid Flex, which seem to help.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-23-2013, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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We did fill out an abuse form on them with the sheriff's department. She's an advanced rider, Arab mix, very hotblooded horse, and you have to [make] her walk. They didn't want to, so they put her in a few dozen races right out of the trailer, and didn't stop until she tore through her tendons and couldn't walk, much less race.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-23-2013, 10:15 PM
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Oh poor thing. :( Sounds like she has had it tough.

I wouldn't use boots on her at all... The boots will trap heat in her legs which is not good for tendon and ligament injuries.

For management, cold water/ice boots would help take the heat and some of the inflammation away. Premier Equine do some good cold water boots which are handy if you don't have access to a freezer to store ice boots in. Cold Water Boots / Ice Boots

You could try magnetic boots. Animal Magnetism does really good ones over here, but depending on your area, you may know of a good local supplier.

Also, it might be worthwhile at looking into Photonic Red Light Therapy. It aids cellular healing and collagen production. I use it with great success on my OTTB who sustained two suspensory ligament injuries while racing. This lady makes a red light wrap which is pretty amazing. It can be used on horses, small animals and people too. Red Light (Photonic) Therapy | Red Light Therapy Kits, Perth

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-26-2013, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Does the Red Light help on old injuries? They're at least 5 years old.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-26-2013, 02:14 AM
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Bo did his suspensory once in 2006 and again in 2008. I have noticed a reduction in the scar tissue on his leg, not heaps but enough. When there has been heat in the leg I have used it and he has pulled up fine the next day.
NASA (yes the space/science type people) have done research on the efficacy of photonic red light therapy on sorf tissue injuries and have come up with positive results.
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