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Bowed Tendon

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 19, 2011 07:35

Q:   My OTTB bowed a tendon at 3. He was given two years off and was hand walked and turned out in a small field. I purchased him at 5 with no soundness issues, and the bow had healed so that it was barely noticeable.

He is now 10. We are jumping 2'9 - 3'0 and still having no lameness issues.

I use either polo wraps or woof wear brushing boots when jumping. In terms of prevention, should I be leaving his legs bare? Are boots or polos better?

Could I use boots like Eskadrons on him or should I stick to the softer ones with no shell? Thanks!



A:  With a history of bowed tendon I'd likely keep him good and wrapped whenever you are working him,  the added support might be what he needs.  The Eskadorns are great and you can get some good form fitting boots that will last a long time and hold up to all conditions.  Although it's been seven years without an flare up it certainly is safe to keep him wrapped and you have obviously being doing well with what your using so sometimes why fix something if it doesn't need fixing.