My horse had a tendon injury on her left front leg in the beginning of May. I had an ultrasound done that just showed allot of inflammation but no tear. The vet also rechecked two weeks later and again a month after that. I was told then to start her back slowly into work, which I did.
I had been using SMBII when riding or walking etc., and then doing standing wraps with sore no more clay in the evening and leaving them on about 12 hours or when I would get her out the next day. Never more than 20 hours.
The swelling never went away in the tendon, but really don't expect it to since she is 21 years old.
I have stopped wrapping her legs do to the heat lately. It has been around 100 or more during the day and only gets down to around 80 at night. She definitely was doing better when I wrapped her and would like to start wrapping her again but I am worried about over heating the legs.
What do you think?
She lives outside in a large dry lot that I have sectioned off with hot tape so it is a smaller area about 50 feet by 100feet or less. She has a 4 post shelter, so only a roof over a 8x 12 feet area where her feeder is.
I waited to see what others would say
You're in California - with temps like that, you must be in the High Desert or the Low Desert where there is virtually no humidity?
While I would watch her, she should be fine.
I have a horse who had torn ligaments in both front legs, thanks to a farrier taking too much heel in one strike. There were ultrasounds.
This was in 2012 -- "The Year of Southern Middle Tennessee's Louisiana Heat & Humidity from H***. We had continuous dewpoints in the 70's with a "feels like" sometimes reaching a very humid 103 or 104.
I lived five years in SoCal's Low Desert area. Believe me, a humid 103 or 104 is a lot harder on man and beast than an arid 103 or 104
I had to keep my horse poultice and wrapped 24/7 for eight months. I also used Sore-No-More (LOVE that stuff
I cold hosed him twice daily, re-poultice, vet wrapped on top of that, leg quilts next, standing wraps on top of the vet wrap (all this per the vet's instructions).
I kept him in the side yard during the day and in his stall with a two huge tub fans aimed at him until their timers shut off at 1:00 AM.
He lost over 100 pounds but he had foundered due to insulin resistance and needed to get that weight off. It was still horrible watching him foam up from sweating so much. However, it was either that or let him cripple up on me.
The puffiness you see will take forever and a day to go away. Personally, I would not have ridden your horse as soon as the vet recommended.
I don't have any current leg pictures of my horse but, he has been back on 20+ acres of Tennessee hills since February, 2013 without issue. Someone that knows what they're looking for can tell he's had tendon damage but you'd have to study his fetlocks pretty close.
He is ridable from THAT injury perspective but, I can't ride anymore so he's a pasture pet.
The main thing is giving the horse plenty of time off --- more than the vet recommends, IMO
This was Spring, 2012 before the vet could get to my farm. I knew this horse needed wrapped but had never dealt with tendon issues before. Meaning he was done all wrong. Plus he is also dealing with mega founder in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCXSZsS2300
This is almost one year later, January 31, 2013. I put him back in the pasture with his herd mates a week or so after this video. Yes, he wore the poultice and his "leggings" 24/7 for 8 months regardless of heat/humidity -- just make sure your horse has plenty of salt and fresh water. Give it electrolytes if it's not drinking enough water. To add further insult to injury, the doll face also had to wear a grazing muzzle during the hot months. Where I live he only gets a muzzle break in January & February; sometimes December if we get enough cold temps in that month.
The vet told me this horse would always have a limp. I do not see a limp - that is because someone on this forum, told me how to trim him (in-between formal farrier visits) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wSzSHx69LA