My mare bowed her a tendon in her front right leg about a year and a half ago. I treated it as well as I knew how. Cold hosed it twice a day, compression wrapped it for the first two weeks, DMSO from the vet, turn out for six weeks... I bought her back into being ridden slowly after that.
I didn't see any sign of weakness until that first winter after the injury. Our area has a lot of sand. A good workout on a sandy trail, combined with the cold, caused some tenderness. She flinched when I palpated the tendon. (Lightly squeeze the tendon between your thumb and finger and stroke downward.) There wasn't any heat, but some soreness. She wasn't lame, even when trotting circles. It didn't seem to bother her much.
One time, a cold front came in over night. I breezed her that morning (it was about 30 degrees). She must have tweaked the tendon a touch, because she was slightly lame when circled clockwise and jerked her leg away when I messed with the tendon. I cold hosed it, gave her a couple days of light work, and it never got that bad ever again.
Tendon issues have a tendancy to give lifetime troubles. My mare isn't badly effected, but some horses go lame on and off because of soft tissue injuries. The tissue just doesn't heal as strong as it once was.
Last edited by Brighteyes; 11-20-2012 at 12:46 AM.