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post #1 of 9 Old 12-03-2013, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Minor tendon inflammation


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Why is it when things start going well the lovely ponies break?

So I went out to see Ella yesterday had had 2 fantastic rides on the weekend. Finally hit my stride so was able to keep her trotting without feeling like she was runningn off.

Was just able to keep her trotting 5/6 Laps the arena at a time. Think I did that twice.

Then walked her out for about 15 minitues aware she's fat and unfit. She's been back in work about 3 weeks.

Went out Sunday and after a 10 min warm up got her trotting again. I did a couple of laps each way then some figure 8s and serpentines. About 10 mins worth walking about a lap in every 4.

So I took her out of the arena and was just going to walk her out then decided while my confidence was up I'd trot her out in the big bad world. About 5 mins work mostly on about a 35m circle but lots of straight lines too.
Then walked her out for 10 mins.

It must have been a combination of the hard ground, the slope of the ground and being unfit but yesterday I went out to find her tendon swollen and hot. No lameness, no pain just hot and puffy. I hosed it off for about 5 mins. Put DMSO on it and we went for a wander around the back of the property just getting used to being away for her friends for about 15 mins. The swelling dropped noticeably.

She had a similar occurrence last year which due to timing with uni earnt her months off work.

What's my best course of action?
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Has been suggested by a knowledgable friend to keep her in work. Walk straight lines. Have also texted my farrier as wedge shoes were suggested.
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My barn mate recently had this same issue with her mare. Unfortunately, the vet has decided that it means about 9 months off. She is only hand walked for 20 minutes per day. The leg is kept wrapped 24/7. I don't entirely agree with this vets decision with my friends mare. If it were my horse, i would get a second opinion. But needless to say, the tendon isn't torn or anything like that... just inflamed.
I would probably call the vet. It'd be best to know how bad the injury is, in a effort not to exacerbate it.

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I would keep using DMSO at least 2X a day and cold hose when possible. [DMSO does more good than cols hosing.]

I would rest the horse for at least 2 weeks and reevaluate it then. Any evaluation of a front tendon / ligament structure should include palpating the tendon while the fetlock is flexed. You can 'pinch' the suspensories and tendons and feel for both tenderness and heat. This should be done early in the morning when the leg should be as 'cold' as the other legs. You should always compare the affected leg with the 'good' one. If there is no lameness and no permanent enlargement and the swelling and heat disappears, it is likely a sprain / strain and not a tear. If that is the case, you should be able to start back to slow work in a couple of weeks.

It is VERY important that you keep the front hooves short with the toes rasped back and rounded up. Long toes greatly exacerbate or cause this kind of injury.

If this horse is obese as well as soft, get the weight off. That also exacerbates the strain on the horse's legs.
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Farrier was out today and put rollback on to shorten the toes. looks like she's on a 4-5 week shoeing schedule now, she was starting to overgrow her shoes after 4 and a half weeks!

As of yesterday the swelling had dropped almost nothing, The swelling is almost invisible, I can only find it because I'm looking, hard. There is still a hint of heat but very little.

We've got good grass this year hence my fat horse. Feed wise they're literally on a handful of 50/50 to bring them up for rugging. (she hasn't been rugged all year). She's starting to drop weight just being back in work.

I called the vet and of course they couldn't be definite not seeing the leg but agreed if it is only a minor strain slow walking with limited turns consistently for 8 weeks could be a valid treatment.
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I would also put her on a 10 day course of coenzyme q10. It's very helpful for tendons etc. we are just putting flicks back from the same type of injury. She was put away for 2 months, hand walked for 2 and we are now ending 2 of stretchy walking, shoulders and haunches in and strengthening. Trot was added last week.
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Never heard of that cakemom what is it?
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It is a nutrisutical that the body creates but in times of need we have to give me. It helps support the tendons, and with inflamation. although not a common treatment as of yet. Was given to Flicks on the recommendation of our trainer, and was taught to her by her vet years ago. It has worked well with Flicks.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-08-2013, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome where do you get that?

Update:
Swellings 100% gone. Still on easy work walking the paddock (15 acre) perimeter some small trots if she's getting too worked up. No turns definately no small ones!
She'll be on that regime for 8 weeks.

Ideally I'd do do road work but she's very green and I can't wrangle a riding buddy.
During this time I'll mouth her and generally just get miles on her.
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