Possible bowed tendon? *pictures*.
Went out to go see my horses this morning. Found my mares front left swollen and kinda puffy. When I seen it bowed tendon is what first popped into my head. Her feet are a little long and she is needing shoes again. I was riding her yesterday and she tripped I didn't think anything of it, because she just tripped like she does sometimes. I had support boots on her, but I slowed our speed down and she wasn't limping or anything. When I took the boot off I didn't see anything.
Today went out and it was like seen in the pictures. She's barely got a limp she's never been lame before. She does seem a bit sore but she doesn't act lame. Ideas?
that sure looks like a bowed tendon to me. Vet time!
Tinyliny has pretty much summed it up. Keep us updated as to outcome.
I'm sitting here bawling. I can't believe I did this to her. The farrier is coming out Thursday, I'll get her shoes pulled, put her on stall rest and hose down/ice her leg off till I can get her to the vet. I've got some smartTendon from smart pack I have my other mare on right now. Seems like the perfect time to put her on it now. I can't believe this :|. I'm calling the vet right now.
Good luck Baylen - I'm sure everything will work out.
I am with Chevaux. I am sure everything will be alright. Sorry that happened and hoping for a speedy recovery!
Wait until you get the vet's diagnosis, then if needed, have a short cry then get down to the business of getting her fixed up.
Don't beat yourself up. She may very well have injured it while out in the paddock, and not while you were riding her. My boy slipped in the paddock and bowed his tendon so bad it took over a year until he was sound again (mind you, he was completely lame and his leg looked like a balloon for a while). That bow looks very minor. A bit is stall rest and light walking should fix that right up. Mind you, a vet is still necessary just too make sure you're treating the right thing. Good luck!
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I don't know what your financial situation is, but there are treatments for a bow within every budget. Some are a bit more controversial, and some are still very experimental, but either way you have options and the very best thing to do at this very moment, is to get an ultrasound and find out what you're working with.
I'm glad you'll be pulling her shoes. Have you ever thought to try boots as an alternative to shoeing? That may help prevent similar troubles down the road, and you may both really like them.
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