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  • Tight turns ouchy steps from my horse with bowed tendon
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    07-28-2010, 11:06 PM
  #1
Green Broke
My neverending Arab leg problems...

Oy vei. If I don't love her so much, I'd shoot her and save myself the time.

Most of you know I've had problems with Zierra's left foreleg for YEARS. Shoddy farrier work for several years left her already bad feet so underslung that she sustained tendon sheath damage. The ultrasound essentially showed damage but no tears, so the vet advised 6 months off. Which she got.

The wierd part? Zierra has NEVER gone lame. Ever. Not even an ouchy. She still has a hard lump on the back of her tendon that resembles a mild bow. However, more recently, the leg seems to have FINALLY settled itself - it's been months since I've had any swelling in it (it usually gets puffy if I work her hard without boots).

And now that THAT leg is fixed, she went and blew the other one. A LOT more defined this time though - 2 weeks ago she developed a very large lump and puffy swelling. At this point we shod her to finally force her angles because we're getting NOWHERE with barefoot.

I gave her two weeks off to see what the leg was doing and let her get used to her new footwear. She went out for her first ride a couple days ago and was pro - she was fresh as all heck from the time off, but we agreed to do an impatient jog most of the way. The leg is completely back to normal, no heat or swelling but she DOES have a massive hard lump on the back now.

The farrier just re-shod her thrown shoe, and said it feels just like a mild bow to him.

So million dollar question - can a horse bow tendons and never go lame? I am SO confused. The number of lumps this creature has on her lower legs should be illegal and she has NEVER GONE LAME. Not once. Not for an instant.

I'm keeping her work extra light right now while we work to pull her heels back and get that toe growing staighter, as I know it's her god awful angles messing up her legs.

Any advice or similair situations? I'm truly lost. I could get the vet out again, but last time she just told me 6 months rest and it really didn't change a thing - even during rest, she'd spend three days fine and then three days puffy.
     
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    07-28-2010, 11:51 PM
  #2
Yearling
The first time after I bought Deja and had her feet done the farrier had two abscesses blow out as she was cleaning the dead sole out. She never took a lame step or showed any type of pain before or after. I now know that when she is in muddy places for too long(like the pasture when the snow starts melting) she gets at least one abscess. She has had six of them since I bought her and I never know until they blow out. Mana got a stone bruise a couple weeks ago that turned into an abscess and he was hobbling on three legs until we found it and popped it. Some horses just deal better than others I guess. Good luck with her!
     
    07-29-2010, 12:48 AM
  #3
Weanling
Hi. Welcome to my world. : )

My 20 year old QH is by definition a conformational trainwreck. He has weak pasterns and because of this, bowed both of his front tendons two years ago. That wasn't helped by the fact that we have to keep his heel somewhat elevated to help manage his mild navicular, and oh yea don't forget roll the toe because last fall he was diagnosed with severe high ringbone in his right front leg.

Here's the annoying part: the f*%@#$g horse is sound. Except for not being able to turn a very tight circle (he justs pivots on his back legs instead), and the fact that his legs look weird because of his angles, you'd never know there was anything wrong with him. When he was diagnosed with navicular, he was very off at first. The vet came out, x rayed him, we lifted his heels and put him in bar shoes and he was good to go. This horse was my barrel racing champion for the next 3 years. We also team penned, trail rode, the works.

When he bowed his tendons, he was never off, not once. Both of his legs were swollen and stocked up, but he still ran around like an idiot. The vet said two weeks stall rest, then give him three months off. No hard work, turn him out in a small paddock. Well, I didn't have access to any of that so he was in a large paddock 24/7 where he'd race around like Seabiscuit all. Day. Long. I swear I developed an ulcer worrying he'd never be rideable again. I compensated by giving him 6 months off and massaging liniment gel on his tendons everyday. I also put him on Smartflex Repair for a few months, which I think is a miracle supplement. Now, he still has the hard lumps of scar tissue but that's it. I have the opposite problem as you, when Chance doesn't work for more than a few weeks he gets stocked up. After I ride him his legs are totally smooth. The only thing I do now is use SMB's when I ride and liniment, liniment, and liniment after work.

So, sorry for the ramble but long story short: yes, they can bow a tendon and not be lame! I'm starting to think people put too much thought into trying to fix their horses. Best thing that worked for me was turn him out to pasture and massaging liniment. The vet thinks the massaging helped stimulate the blood flow to the area, therefore speeding the healing process. I don't care why it works, I just know it did. Anyway, good luck, and try not to rip your hair out!
     

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