Originally Posted by Ladytrails
If you think he's pulled a tendon, you would be doing the right thing by hosing it with cool water and wrapping with quilted pads and standing bandages (not polos) to keep the swelling down, and keeping him confined. For the first few days, lots of hosing will help the odds of recovery. If he will tolerate it, icing it (for I think 20 minutes is what is recommended) every few hours is helpful.
Tendon injuries are tricky - bad ones can have very little swelling, and vice versa. Generally it's a good idea to get a vet to look at it.
Thanks, yes, I will take him to the vet Monday. There is not much chance of recovery though, his fetlocks have been in bad shape for a while. I have held off putting him down, but it is time now I believe. I hope I didn't wait to long. I knew he was worse than I thought last week when he nearly fell over after his trim. I could not feel any heat, but there is a gap at the back of his fetlock.
I only have 3 stalls and have not been feeding him inside the past couple of weeks, since the incident with the farrier. I have been worried if he falls down I would not be able to get him up. His main vet is 40 miles down the road.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I am heading back out there now...