What tendon is hurt?
Is it completely several or just partially severed?
If it is an extensor tendon (like the ones on the front of the pastern or canon) that make the foot extend, the horse has a good chance of healing and being rideable.
If it is a supporting tendon (like the ones on the back of the canon or pastern or hoof) and have to carry all of the horse's weight, I am afraid they seldom become sound enough for riding and frequently are put down.
The horse needs stall rest, and a leg wrap the incorporates and bent piece of strap iron that helps the leg maintain its proper position. If the extensor tendon is severed on the front of a leg, the bent piece of strap iron will keep the horse from having the leg turn under it until the tendon heals enough to bring the leg forward and keep it in the proper position. If the leg is allowed to turn under, the horse will not put any weight on it, the flexor tendons will contract and the horse will never be able to use it. The opposite leg usually 'breaks down' and the horse will have to be put down.
I have healed up several horses with completely severed tendons that the Vets wanted to put down. One with a completely severed extensor tendon (severed mid-canon on a lind leg) recovered and later became a show jumper that won many championships. I spent 4 months keeping him bandaged and clean with a piece of strap iron incorporated in the wrap. He was stalled the entire time. I did not know for 4 months if it had healed or not because I never let him take a single step without the bandage there the kept his foot from folding up underneath him.
It does not help usually to try to stitch them back together. The sutures fail and there is just more damage and scar tissue.
I hope this helps. I hope it is an extensor tendon. Good luck with it.
Last edited by Cherie; 06-15-2011 at 11:39 PM.