Hi, I'm new here. Just made an account so I can discuss this with experienced people and get their input.
On December 11th I adopted an OTTB that had a "minor disruption in the deep digital flexor tendon." I have years of experience with horses-not so much with injuries.
The vet that did his ultrasound prior to me adopting him said it is minor and that with about 3 months rest he'll be back to normal (increasing work slowly).
I've been doing everything I can to heal him the right way. I keep him in the stall over night and on rainy days. On nice days he goes to the isolation pen (just a small enclosure, not large enough to run).
At first, when there was just a little swelling left, I cold hosed his leg for 20 minutes each evening, put finishline sweat on it, and wrapped it in a quilt and bandage. I did that every day. Now that swelling is completely gone, I just unwrap it and leave it off for about 15 mins each evening then re-wrap it with just the quilt and bandage.
He has fluid build up on the back of his knee. And he has a lump on the inside where his tendon was damaged.
The lump isn't too solid, but it isn't too soft.
It's not holding any extra heat.
Some people have told me the lumps a sign the leg isn't healing, some have told me it's a sign of good healing.
I have no idea.
I'm getting another ultrasound done in about 3 weeks to see how it looks.
Any experience and knowledge? Especially about the lump.
Plenty of people have told me I'm "wasting time and money on a no-good horse." But I have hope that he'll come back from this and be a wonderful sport horse. Either way, he's my companion for life.