My 19 year old stationbred has severed his extensor tendon in his hind leg. He only did it last night but I'm very worried about him as the vet said that the risk of infection is high due to all the mud and stuff that is around at this time of year. He is being stabled until the vet has said he can go outside and is on as many antibiotics as they can get into him. Has anyone else had a similar experience? If so how did it turn out? Would just like to hear some other peoples stories :)
Thanks :) not sure how it happened but we think he must have got caught in a fence or something. He's being leased out by some friends while I'm at university and it happened at their place. Posted via Mobile Device
I have a friend who had a mare sever her extensor tendon. She was found upside-down in a storm drain, mud and filthy water all over her poor cut up leg (which was still tangled in the fence she caught it in), and the vet said that IF she survived, which was "doubtful due to the high risk of infection", she would never be fully sound, would never jump again and would only ever be sound for light work if any.
Fast forward a year and a half, this mare is back in work, jumping, packing around a young girl (she's leased) like nothing ever happened. There's barely even a scar, either. The extensor didn't heal (and wasn't surgeried because mare had been injured too long unbeknownst to owners - she injured herself sometime between afternoon checks and morning checks), but the other tendons took over that job, so she's effectively normal.
Vets don't like to say "oh yes horse will be fine" because if it's not, then the owners are devastated and usually peeved with the vet for giving them false hope. In all honesty it depends on the horse and its individual will to live.
My boy Kody almost completely severed his lateral extensor back in April. He was bandaged from hoof to hock for 3 months in order to stabilise the joint. I was just preparing to start reducing the bandaging when I lost him to colic.