Severed Extensor Tendon

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    08-21-2012, 05:10 AM
Severed Extensor Tendon

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 :)
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    08-21-2012, 07:19 AM
Haven't personally. But I am so sorry! How did it happen? Praying for a quick and full recovery for your horse!!!
    08-21-2012, 07:36 AM
Originally Posted by Army wife    
Haven't personally. But I am so sorry! How did it happen? Praying for a quick and full recovery for your horse!!!
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    08-21-2012, 07:38 AM
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.
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    08-21-2012, 07:45 AM
Oh no, I'm sure your friend feels terrible :/
    08-21-2012, 08:02 AM
Originally Posted by Army wife    
Oh no, I'm sure your friend feels terrible :/
Yeah they do. He's being treated at their place because we can't travel him to bring him home.
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    08-21-2012, 08:28 AM
I've worked to bring back horses with lacerated (partially cut) tendons that healed on stall rest. Depending on the severity of the laceration they were able to return to some level of work.

I've also brought back a couple that severed an extensor tendon and they had surgery to reattach. They, too, were able to return to some level of work.
    08-21-2012, 08:31 AM
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.
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    08-21-2012, 08:48 AM
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Where on her leg is it severed?

Does she knuckle the foot over when she tries to walk on it?

I have had two of them and both got 100% better without surgery and went back to full work. Tell me where yours is severed and I will tell you how we stabilized leg so it would heal.
    08-21-2012, 09:17 AM
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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.

This is the thread I started about his injury...Just how deceptive can a wound be... *graphic*

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