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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2012, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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bowed tendon

Have a seven year old ottb which was taken of track for bowed tendon is it best to wrap it before working or riding?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-13-2012, 05:31 AM
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Has the bow set yet, and how much scarred tissue is there? When I bought my boy, he had bowed his tendon the previous year. He had been thrown out to pasture instead of treating it properly so it didn't heal very well. She was riding him with braces, but I've heard constantly using wraps and braces can weaken the muscles. I hand walked him for 30 min a day, and massaged the tendon every day as well to help reduce the scarred tissue. Did this for a few monthes, then started slowly lunging- started with one round of trotting, then build it up over the period of a few months so he was trotting around the pen ten times each day with no issues in the leg. After that, I started cantering him- same thing at once around the pen, and slowely building on it. I got him last July, and as of now he is completely sound, and cannot feel any scarred tissue in the leg- you can't even tell it was ever injured. I never used wraps or braces, which has helped build up a nice, strong tendon.
I would suggest doing lots of slow work until the tendon is nice and tight, then slowely upping the work load instead of using wraps. If your planning on jumping him, then maybe putting wraps on for that only, but otherwise I would pass on them.
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Its been a few years ago this happened you can't really tell it ever even happened but it was the reason he was pulled off the track. He runs and jumps when turned out and does not seem to phase him at all.
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I wouldn't bother wrapping it then unless your doing strenuous activities. I would just check it after every ride to make sure there's no heat. It should be ok though.
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My horse tore a check ligament a couple years ago and she had a bowed tendon from it. Once she was on her way back to her normal riding routine I would wrap her after every ride. She would wear open front boots in turnout but was never sure how long cause she would rip them off throughout the day. I would always ride her with front boots on as well to help keep it from swelling and to protect her more. Then I decided to only wrap her after she had jumping lessons or other hard workouts. But I slowly changed over in order to see how her leg would hold up and for her to get use to not having it on after every ride. Sometimes I would put an ice pack around the bowed area and wrap it and leave it on for 20 minutes or cold her for 20 minutes as well. My horse never had heat or extra swelling in her leg but I always wanted to be save. She recently tore her super digital flexor tendon and check ligament again so I'm in the process of doing it all over again!
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My first several horses were STBs that stopped racing due to bowed tendons.

If your horse doesn't show signs of lameness while at pasture, I wouldn't wrap it for flat work. If you are going to do a more demanding sport, I would get trained by someone who treats injured horses on how best to wrap it.

There are different ways, and different materials that will support the tissues you need to.
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