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post #1 of 3 Old 02-14-2007, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Bowed Tendons... Q&A session/Share your tips and exp.

Hey guys!

A gal friend of mine had sold a 14.2 hh bomb proof, child safe horse to a family in October. In November, they took the horse out of its stall, saddled it up, and jumped it like crazy with no warm up. Long story short the horse bowed BOTH front tendons and is out of commission. The people REALLY want to give the horse back to my friend, but she doesn't want the burden.

Now, I have heard quite a bit about bowed tendons, but never delt with it first hand. I've heard that with good time, the horse can be healed and safe to ride again.

I'd be lying if i said i was not interested in the horse.. I could see it as a good investment to start my riding program ONLY IF the horse would be safe for light loads again (maybe up to about 120 pounds for up to an hour of walk/trot/minimal canter) If the fix just takes time, and some money, thats all good. But would it fix completely?


-- The horse bowed its tendon in November, and i don't believe they have done anything for the horse since then.. is it too late to help?

-- As stated in the initial text.. would the horse be safe to ride again? Not jump, but just do flat work? Would it be able to jump again? (Just asking, im not looking to jump it)

-- Will the tendon be more prone to bowing again later on?

-- If treated, will the tendon heal completely?

-- Will the diet need to be changed? Should the horse carry more or less weight on its body?

-- Should the horse be confined to a stall?

Please share your tips and experience with this if you can. I am going to research more online, and probably contact my vet to ask once i get my phone back from the husband. Or just wait a few days until the vet comes out for Bloody Saturday (10 geldings are happening.. YEE OUCH). I like to hear other people's experience so i can better grasp this.. Because in the long run, the more information you hear, the more you absorb and whatnot.

Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-06-2007, 12:40 AM
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There is a very good chance this horse could be used for flat work. the bowe is most likely a tare in the sheath of the tendon. and with proper shoeing its a beter chance than not. elavation and suport .
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-06-2007, 10:02 AM
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We have a 12 year old mare that suffered from a bowed tendon in November 2005 and we treated right away, but she never fully recovered. Along with the pain meds and continued wrapping, regular vet checks, we also gave her a full 12 months off with no riding or work what so ever, but she still isn't fixed. She can walk now with no pain but we won't be able to ride her again. I guess it depends on the extent of it and the horse itself. In some cases with proper care and shoeing they will be able to recover but not in all cases. Right now she is just out to pasture. Its kinda a tough situation because what do you do with a horse after that happens. She is only 12 and basically has no chance of being anything other then being a field mare.
Anyway I hope the horse your discussing does heal and will be able to be used for things, even if she only ends up being a trail horse.... Goodluck.
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