Bowed tendons

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Bowed tendons

This is a discussion on Bowed tendons within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Horse with bowed tendons off the track
  • Is it possible to run a horse after a bowed tendon is healed

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-18-2013, 02:02 PM
Bowed tendons

I saw a very nice gelding advertised that had left his H/J career due to a bowed tendon, but had recovered and was cleared by the vet for dressage and trail riding, just no jumping. I'm not really in the market for another horse, and if I did look at him, I'd have a vet examine him very closely. Mostly I'm curious about horses like this.

My question is more about bowed tendons in general. How career ending are they typically? Do horses sometimes recover 100%? Do they tend to degrade over time? I'm sure it's an individual thing, but having no experience with bowed tendons, I wonder if a horse flexes sound and is sound w/t/c after a bowed tendon has healed, is it likely, or even possible, that they'll stay sound?
Sponsored Links
    09-18-2013, 02:33 PM
I had a TB with bowed and pinfired tendon. He had been a lower level jumper after his flat and hurdles career, before I got him. The firing had been done on the track. He had one flare- up when I first put him back into work, 6 weeks of strict stallrest and starting really slow took care of it. I never jumped him again, tho.
    09-19-2013, 12:53 AM
I am sure every horse is different but I had two TB with bowed tendons which ended their racing careers.

After the track they weren't ridden until I got them (4 years rest total).

Neither one ever took a lame step and we rode hard! Vet cleared them for any thing jumping etc, and I sold one of them to a show jumper and he has been sound for her (as far as I know) since!
    09-19-2013, 04:55 AM
I have a horse with a bowed tendon from racing that's fine at the wtc in fact I have been riding him for the past 2 years and he has yet to go lame I just avoid
Galloping to much so I don't push him although he is in pretty good shape I just avoid it anyway I guess it all depends on how severe the tendonitis is
Try leasing the horse prior or something
    09-19-2013, 08:48 AM
Green Broke
I've had horses that had previous bows & have had no problems. The main thing is re-conditioning slowly & not pushing the horse too hard. After a long (sweaty) ride, I do like to hose off the legs w/cold water, though. And keep a close eye out for any lameness. A brace or linement is helpful to keep on hand, too.
    09-19-2013, 10:58 AM
I haven't dealt with a bow myself, but I know several eventers with old bows that are competing training level and higher, and haven't had any problems since. It does depend on the nature of the bow and the individual horse though.
    09-19-2013, 11:03 AM
Green Broke
I rode a horse with both fronts bowed severely, and she was sound for long hard trail miles. My cousin owned a stallion who severely bowed his tendon as a yearling and went on to be a good hunting and mountain horse.

I think you just have to be extra careful not to re injure that leg.
    09-19-2013, 11:12 AM
Green Broke
The Arab gelding I used to barrel race and do endurance on had an old bowed tendon but he never showed any pain even after 6 hour rides in the mountains mainly trotting. He did eventually start showing problems in his hocks but never the bowed leg.
    09-19-2013, 12:44 PM
My goodness, I may have to have a look at that gelding after all. Definitely going to have a vet check before anything would be final. Anyone that wants to have a look, there's a video of him if you search "Detail in Blk N White". It's just too tempting if there's a good chance he'd be reasonably sound.
    09-19-2013, 12:58 PM
Yup, my mare was severely bowed and pin-fired on both front legs on the racetrack. She had a really bad history due to a really bad team. The trainer and driver and owner - all of them. She was actually pulled from races due to lameness. Who would ever put their lame horse in a race?
My vet said she'd never be sound and I was nuts to take her in. I only wanted a companion so I was OK with that. Here it is, 6 years later and she is strong and sound. The first year I took very easy with her. The first 3 months were all about recovery and the remainder of the year was mostly w/t. I checked her legs before and after every ride, no matter how short. Any even miniscule sign of heat meant instant treatment and I moved back my training by a week. I was impressed I could even ride her.

Now, I do long trail rides, W/T/C/G. Little jumps on the trail. I don't do any circles with her though and I don't lunge her. Last year we did an endurance ride and we're supposed to do one this weekend to. Next year, maybe 100 km. :)

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Back on Track boots for bowed tendons reiningrocks Horse Health 2 06-23-2011 04:03 PM
Anyone have experience with Bowed tendons?!?! Buckcherry Horse Health 12 01-03-2011 06:24 PM
Contracted tendons, home remedies? BrewCrew Horse Health 6 11-11-2010 01:14 PM
questions about treating strained/bowed tendons morganslittleleo Horse Health 2 11-03-2010 10:02 PM
Bowed Tendons... Q&A session/Share your tips and exp. Skippy! Horse Health 2 03-06-2007 09:02 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:29 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0