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?