A gal friend of mine had sold a 14.2 hh bomb proof, child safe horse to a family in October. In November, they took the horse out of its stall, saddled it up, and jumped it like crazy with no warm up. Long story short the horse bowed BOTH front tendons and is out of commission. The people REALLY want to give the horse back to my friend, but she doesn't want the burden.
Now, I have heard quite a bit about bowed tendons, but never delt with it first hand. I've heard that with good time, the horse can be healed and safe to ride again.
I'd be lying if I said I was not interested in the horse.. I could see it as a good investment to start my riding program ONLY IF the horse would be safe for light loads again (maybe up to about 120 pounds for up to an hour of walk/trot/minimal canter) If the fix just takes time, and some money, that's all good. But would it fix completely?
-- The horse bowed its tendon in November, and I don't believe they have done anything for the horse since then.. is it too late to help?
-- As stated in the initial text.. would the horse be safe to ride again? Not jump, but just do flat work? Would it be able to jump again? (Just asking, im not looking to jump it)
-- Will the tendon be more prone to bowing again later on?
-- If treated, will the tendon heal completely?
-- Will the diet need to be changed? Should the horse carry more or less weight on its body?
-- Should the horse be confined to a stall?
Please share your tips and experience with this if you can. I am going to research more online, and probably contact my vet to ask once I get my phone back from the husband. Or just wait a few days until the vet comes out for Bloody Saturday (10 geldings are happening.. YEE OUCH). I like to hear other people's experience so I can better grasp this.. Because in the long run, the more information you hear, the more you absorb and whatnot.