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I ride this horse that has a bowed tendon on his front leg from racing, he is 7 years old and hasn't raced in about a year. He has been sound up until last night. I got on him and he didnt even want to move...he is usually very leg sensitive and could have kicked him and he wouldn't have moved. I hand trotted him and he was really lame, I never saw him in so much pain. He wouldn't even put weight on it, and his leg was very warm.

He doesn't get turned out, but he gets ridden every day for about 2 hours, I mostly walk and trot him, and occasionally canter. He has been vet checked and the vet said his bow shouldn't bother him.

He was sound a day ago then all of a sudden he was off. I was just wondering if the bow tendons can just become painful out of nowhere? I don't know anything about bowed tendons, so any information will help.
 

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I would guess you are more likely dealing with a hoof abscess. They are known for coming on out of nowhere and the horse being dead lame.

It is not likely an old bow would suddenly cause a problem.
 

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I would guess you are more likely dealing with a hoof abscess. They are known for coming on out of nowhere and the horse being dead lame.

It is not likely an old bow would suddenly cause a problem.
I agree.
 

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I would guess you are more likely dealing with a hoof abscess. They are known for coming on out of nowhere and the horse being dead lame.

It is not likely an old bow would suddenly cause a problem.
My trainer said it could be an abscess too...could that cause the horses leg to be really warm? or is the leg with the bow always warmer?
 

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The leg with the bowed tendon should not be warmer. There could be some type of pull or strain. I would be inclined to think abscess as well but without actually seeing the horse it's hard to say.
 

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The leg with the bow is just a leg. If it is healed it is just a leg with an ugly bump.


I have had hoof abscesses make the whole leg swell and get warm, yes.


It might be worth calling your vet if you are not used to dealing with these things. They can diagnose things and show the proper treatment/wrapping techniques first hand.
 

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The leg with the bow is just a leg. If it is healed it is just a leg with an ugly bump.


I have had hoof abscesses make the whole leg swell and get warm, yes.


It might be worth calling your vet if you are not used to dealing with these things. They can diagnose things and show the proper treatment/wrapping techniques first hand.

Ok thanks, he isn't my horse, but I'm sure my trainer will take care of everything.
 
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