Residual Problems from a Contracted Tendon - The Horse Forum
  • 5 Post By Foxhunter
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 09-14-2020, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 2
• Horses: 0
Residual Problems from a Contracted Tendon

hey everyone. i have a foal who was born with contracted tendons in both front feet. he was given tetracycline, and his left front corrected itself while his right front went the opposite way and he was walking on his knuckle.

he was taken to the equine hospital where he stayed for one week. he was casted for 2 days and then splinted with a PVC pipe that went from his toe all the way up to his shoulder (I've attached a pic of the splint I received).

I brought him home quite distraught by the fact that there wasn't a whole lot of improvement (the first pic is his first day home from hospital) not to mention he couldn't bend his knee with this splint on, yet without it, he went right back to walking on his knuckle. I was also concerned about pressure sores. the PVC splint also did very little to help stretch the tendon.

I did my own research and ended up finding dynasplint, and I ordered one from the states, it was here in 2 days. pictured is his first time with it on. within 3 days, the angle of his foot was drastically improved (2nd pic) and he was finally able to be turned out for short periods to help build his strength. he is becoming less and less sore on it every day. these past few days it has been so nice to see him happily trotting around on all 4 legs.

so here's my issue. we have been left with swelling and lumps that i don't know what to do about. the vet has already examined the leg. banamine is not helping, nor is increased turnout (she figured he may just be slightly stocked up). but there's just no way that's all it is.

he was also given an antibiotic injection of ceftiofur to prevent a septic joint. he was supposed to receive a second injection yesterday (friday) but we didn't go through with it because of how badly he reacted to the first one.

his fetlock has such a hard lump on it that it almost feels like bone. the dynasplint consultant believes it may be a pressure sore from his previous PVC splint.

there is definitely some heat and an increased pulse in the fetlock. there is also a small lump on the inside of the cannon bone that pretty much looks like a splint. the swelling in the knee has actually gone down a bit and theres no heat there anymore.

does anyone have any ideas of what this could be, or what i can do about it? i'm really trying to minimize the risk of permanent damage.

should his leg be xrayed or ultrasounded again? his leg was xrayed by a vet PRIOR to his visit to the veterinary college, and she saw nothing abnormal at the time. although it has been a couple weeks and a lot of changes have happened since then. any advice is appreciated.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20200831_074216_1600090057589.jpg (186.9 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg 20200911_081154_1600091162691.jpg (149.4 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg 20200902_202700_1600091267491.jpg (177.5 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg 20200912_094858_1600091362700.jpg (129.0 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg 20200914_090533_1600091597629.jpg (190.9 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg 20200914_090652_1600091777858.jpg (220.6 KB, 5 views)
Lindsay Ledoux is offline  
post #2 of 4 Old 09-14-2020, 10:40 AM
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 909
• Horses: 2

He's Ultimately Fine - Toofine - 1998 Half Arabian
Wilhelmina - Minnie - 2013 Morgan
ClearDonkey is online now  
post #3 of 4 Old 09-14-2020, 11:15 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SW UK
Posts: 16,004
• Horses: 0
Very interesting.

I too have had foals born with contracted tendons, fortunately the tetracycline was successful with one but the other not so much.

We didn't go the splint route but instead used a (plastic) shoe with a strip of metal fixed to it at the toe so that the filly was unable to knuckle over.

I would have it Xrayed to see if it is bone changes. I would also have him on turn out as much as possible.

He looked like a little power machine. My advice would be to not feed him any grain or balancer, let him grow on his dam's mild and grass.

I would love to see the plates if you do have them done.
Foxhunter is online now  
post #4 of 4 Old 09-18-2020, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 2
• Horses: 0
Got xrays. Vet said everything looks normal. The lump is neither bone nor fluid. And she believes it may always be there but he'll grow into it. The swelling on the outside of the knee is soft and appears to just be a ruptured lateral ligament which she says because he's a foal it will just heal in time.

She also did a joint tap of the fetlock and the joint fluid is also normal 🤷‍♀️ I'm so confused about the heat and the significant pulse in the fetlock. I guess all I can do now is wait and see what becomes of it. Not sure what else to do for the little guy. Xrays attached. Do you guys see anything that my vet may have missed?
Lindsay Ledoux is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome