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    10-08-2009, 03:44 PM
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Foal
Bowed Tendon?

I brought my horse up from the pasture last night and I noticed that he was limping. When I brought him to the barn it wasn't that noticeable. I walked him around to tell where it was coming from and he couldn't walk. After he stood for a while he was better. His leg is swollen in the back and down by the hock. It looks like a bowed tendon. I was wondering how I could tell for sure if it was a bowed tendon. We are having the vet out as soon as we can.
     
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    10-08-2009, 03:51 PM
  #2
Yearling
Do you have any pics? It could be a suspensory tear, and not a bow. Is he LAME or just kinda "off"? Bows behind are a little less common, but tears behind do happen alittle more frequently. With bows, you often get the tell-tale bananna shape to the leg.
A pic would be most helpful. For sure get the vet ASAP if he seems to be hurting.
Good luck!
     
    10-08-2009, 06:52 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
Do you have any pics? It could be a suspensory tear, and not a bow. Is he LAME or just kinda "off"? Bows behind are a little less common, but tears behind do happen alittle more frequently. With bows, you often get the tell-tale bananna shape to the leg.
A pic would be most helpful. For sure get the vet ASAP if he seems to be hurting.
Good luck!

I agree. Often when a horse bows a tendon they still can support weight, their weight, and walk on it with a slight gimp. If your horse bowed the tendon their would be a long bump, I've never seen one swollen, and normally their not hot. You would need to get a vet out if the horse is still limping and that hock is swollen.

If its just a bowed tendon, ice it or run cold water over it for about 10 minutes, bute the horse, and throw him in a round pen or stall. Your going to want to do this for about a week, if no progress on the tendon then consult your vet
     
    10-08-2009, 07:54 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Kansasbarrelracer    

If its just a bowed tendon, ice it or run cold water over it for about 10 minutes, bute the horse, and throw him in a round pen or stall. Your going to want to do this for about a week, if no progress on the tendon then consult your vet
uh no. You don't want the horse moving like that with a bow. You want the horse stalled, and ONLY hand walked lightly. Get your vet out to make sure of what it is. Most horses with a bow need atleast 2 months (sometimes even up to 8 )stall rest with only very light exercise.

And to clear up, a bow IS a tear - the superficial digital flexor tendon.
     

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