I brought my horse up from the pasture last night and I noticed that he was limping. When I brought him to the barn it wasn't that noticeable. I walked him around to tell where it was coming from and he couldn't walk. After he stood for a while he was better. His leg is swollen in the back and down by the hock. It looks like a bowed tendon. I was wondering how I could tell for sure if it was a bowed tendon. We are having the vet out as soon as we can.
Do you have any pics? It could be a suspensory tear, and not a bow. Is he LAME or just kinda "off"? Bows behind are a little less common, but tears behind do happen alittle more frequently. With bows, you often get the tell-tale bananna shape to the leg.
A pic would be most helpful. For sure get the vet ASAP if he seems to be hurting.
I agree. Often when a horse bows a tendon they still can support weight, their weight, and walk on it with a slight gimp. If your horse bowed the tendon their would be a long bump, I've never seen one swollen, and normally their not hot. You would need to get a vet out if the horse is still limping and that hock is swollen.
If its just a bowed tendon, ice it or run cold water over it for about 10 minutes, bute the horse, and throw him in a round pen or stall. Your going to want to do this for about a week, if no progress on the tendon then consult your vet
and to clear up, a bow IS a tear - the superficial digital flexor tendon.
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