Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Southern New Jersey
Hi, Welcome to the forum! Sorry you had to come here due to such an awful injury.
That's definately a bowed tendon! I have seen worse, believe it or not. A pair of those on the fronts of a lovely Standardbred gelding my boss and I were trying to get to the track. (over 30 years ago) We didn't injure him. My boss (who had 5 horses he was trying to race) took him to the now non-existant Brandywine Raceway and left him with someone to work him there, at the track. We didn't get to visit him for two weeks. When we finally went to check on him, he had 2 bowed tendons, was standing in the stall with his head down. According to a trainer in the barn where we stalled him, the guy just took him out one day and sped him around and around the track, brought him back and stuffed him in the stall. He had never taken him out before that day. He was suffering, broke my heart. I cried and cried. Sweet horse.
Anyway, he eventually healed. Scar tissue and calcium build-up finally made him able to walk sound again. Sound enough for a lawn ornament, but not much else. I'm not saying that this is going to be the outcome for your horse. I knew of someone who had a retired STB that had two bowed tendons that stayed sound enough for her to take small trail rides on (walk only). She just had to be very careful how she rode him and was very diligent about the farrier, and she always rubbed his legs down with liniment afterwards. Once in a while he would need a poultice to cool them down and relieve some swelling. Discuss his future with your vet. If it's possible that he may just be a lawn ornament, and you don't want to be saddled with that, maybe you would be able to find someone to take him?