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post #1 of 6 Old 09-09-2013, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation How to get rid of lameness? It may be a problem with her tendon

Whats the best thing to do for lame horses?! My mare seems to have gone lame, the lameness is in either her front right or her back left. What should I do to get rid of it? Supplements, exercises? etc.
We had a vet come out and they prescribed cortisone but someone in my barn seemed to have lost it.
She pulled a tendon roughly 4 months ago, (very minor injury) She was off for a month or so and then back and running, 2 weeks in to 'rehab' she fell lame again.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-09-2013, 06:49 PM
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Tendon injuries can take a long time to heal and reinjuries are common if worked to early/hard. Seperate to a small paddock to limit movement and rest. What dd you do for her rehab?
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First, you need to have the vet out to find out - and then tell you - exactly what state the tendon is in now and what/where the lameness is.

This may involve having scans done to show the extent of tissue damage.

Then the vet will tell you how much box rest or bandaging or cold hosing or anti inflammatories is needed and why.

Then the vet will give you advice on the rehab program depending on the extent of the injury.

A typical post tendon injury recovery programme might be this:

8 weeks on box rest
2 weeks box rest with twice daily walking in hand for 10 minutes leading up to half an hour
Turn out in small paddock
Ridden Work in walk for a month starting with ten minutes leading up to an hour
Ridden work in walk and trot for two months as above
Ridden work in walk, trot and canter as above.
After which back to 'full work'.

If you try to miss out any of the steps, most likely the damage will reoccur. It is very important to hold on to the fact that if you do it right..... the horse will make a full recovery.

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post #5 of 6 Old 09-10-2013, 12:26 AM
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You need a vet. Another vet that doesn't leave you clueless. It could be anything from a slight bruise to a career ending tear.
You need a competent vet to work with you through diagnosis and treatment, and on to prevention.

There is nothing anyone here can tell you without knowing exact specifics, and that's what a vet is for.

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Soft tissue injuries are some of the worst injuries. They take a long time to heal. I pulled a tendon in my foot and it took 2 years to fully heal.

The best thing you can do is get an ultrasound done. It can tell you the size of the lesion and how much time off your horse needs. I would start with stall rest until you know how bad the lesion is. Get a repeat ultrasound before you start riding again. You need to know if the area has fully healed or not.

The problem with tendon injuries is the area does not heal with the same quality of tissue. Yes the lesion will fill in but that leg will always be weaker in that area. This makes re-injury common and it is especially common if you do not allow the horse to rest for long enough.

Another problem is that the horse will appear sound before the area is fully healed. The horse may run around in the pasture (since he feels fine) and re-injure himself. This is why limiting exercise is important.

My dad sprained his rotator cuff and did not realize he had torn it (just thought his shoulder was sore). He went out a few days later to start the weed eater and it tore the rest of the way. That was 8 months ago and he is still waiting for it to heal.

If it is a minor sprain your horse may only need 2-3 months off, if worse it may take 6 months to a year. Usually you need to do stall rest, followed by hand walking and round pen rest. No full turn out until the horse is ready for canter work.

You really need a vet to tell you how bad it is and to give you a plan for re-hab. Ultrasounds are not very expensive in my area. Certainly cheaper than a series of X rays.

Make sure to hose/Ice the area to help with swelling.
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