I need your opinion on old tendon injuries :)
I have recently brought a horse that I have been riding for a few months before I got him. I have only been walking and trotting while riding him, and getting him to develop his canter more in a highside round pen. I have taught him to jump, and he is amazing, and cleared 40cm without a rider. He then threw a shoe and I didnt jump him or do much till he got it back.Then I found out he has had a old tendon injury and thats how he stopped being a racehorse (hes a Standardbred). I got told it shouldnt affect him, and he hasnt been lame in the time since this injury, 5 or so years ago. I looked up what horses with old tendon injuries can do. Many said most can go back to doing almost anything after a year off (he got his tendon injury when he was 9, hes now 14). His old tendon injury isnt visable, and he hoons around the paddock like he owns the world. But some people say that they should only do light hacking. I only want to do walk, trott, canter, small jumps no higher than 60, and he will be hacking around the farm walking and trotting most of the time.
What would you do if you brought a horse with a old tendon injury?
Does it more depend on how bad the injury was?
I have talked to a few others and they said he should be fine, but if I start doing a few jumps, wear tendon boots for a bit more protection :-)
So, like I said it hasnt come up in the past 4 years while he was doing flatwork and galloping around the paddock.Attachment 131498
be sure to use the boots if you are going to jump him. are talking like the
hunter jumps that are only 2 feet high and such ? If he even starts a small head bob i would not jump. The tendon will have scar tissue in it and not be 'flexible' . he is kinda older , so I would probably just do flat work and mile trails, no steep stuff . have fun .
I don't want to sound like I know anything more than what I have experienced in the year I have had my older horse. This is the only experience I have.
My horse has tendon issues. The only way to really know what is going on in the tendons is an ultrasound. I had my horse's rear leg tendons ultrasounded and it gave a much clearer picture of what was going on in her back legs and fetlocks.
I don't jump my horse because of her previous tendon issues. Maybe it would be okay to do so, but I am not going to push her luck. You don't want to turn a sound horse into an unsound one just because of jumping.
Sounds like you have a really nice horse there.
Forgot to mention he is very attractive as well.
A friend of mine has a 3yr old OTTB, she only raced once, because she jumped a paddock fence at a young age and got a tendon injury. The vets have said that it should only agitate her if you do hard galloping for high jumps. So use protection, know your horse, and be careful! Beautiful horse!
Ditto the ultrasounds - it really is the only way you will know what he can safely do and set your mind at ease.
Also ditto, he is very handsome:D
As old as his injury is it really shouldn't be a problem. The best thing you can do for him is keep regular appointments with your farrier, when their feet get long and angles change, then more stress is put on the tendons. Enjoy your standardbred, they make great riding horses.
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