My main question is has anyone had success with healing of the superficial digital flexor tendon?
Trigger is a 4 year old appy cross, great boy. His owner had boarded him with me since he was 6 months old. We recently have just started him under saddle, and now not too sure if we may ever continue.
Last saturday we went to gather horses for good old farrier day. We found trigger with a deep gash about 4 inches wide on his lower left leg. You could see bone!
The vet came out and attempted to stitch the tendon that was sliced in half literally and wound with a drain. He was on 20ml of penicillin 2x daily and bute with bandage changes and stall rest. The vet came out again on wednesday and the stitches have open apart about an 8th on an inch. He left 4 shots of another antibiotic and when I phoned him he said the opening is a good thing as it will help with draining. Trigger is now on another antibiotic given orally 2x daily. The name of it is rather long (sorry I don't have the bottle with me right now). He also on bute. The vet said he is not too sure if the tendon is still intact with the stitches, however we have noticed that triggs is favoring it less compared to the initial day. We are continuing with bandage changes and slave. I did ask the vet if we should try to use a spilt of some sort to stabilize the hoof from knocking over inward and he said that won't be a good idea. He also said that he not sure if scar tissue will need to take place first. I know will message threarpy that scar tissue can be broken up.
We still are not too sure how this happened, 6 different people have inspected the fence line and found no traces of being caught in a fence. We did find coyote prints and they are heavily populated in our area. Triggs in the 4 years I cared for him has never pushed or attempted to test fences. There is nothing in his pasture but 2 trees and rain barrels for water trough. Saturday the horses a normally well behaved for the farrier and well they all where pretty antsie and bone heads.
I am wondering if anyone has had this kind of injury and if it was successful at healing. His family not into shows just trail riding. I understand each horse is different and right now believe its mostly up to him to behave and stand in the stall. I know we are already looking at least a month or two in a stall if not longer and than pasture rest for awhile on his own.
Thank you in advance for any insight!
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