Follow along as we track a recent suspected tendon injury on a 20 year old TWH gelding. The horse came up lame in pasture. Snow and ice are suspected in a strain/sprain of one or more tendons in the right front. Swelling and heat presented on the weekend of March 16/17. Owner took to vet on Monday, March 18th. Vet recommended shoes and wedge pads on front, bute. Owner contacted me on Wednesday 20th and horse arrived on Sat 23rd.
First a do a whole body grooming to check the whole body to see if anything else was obviously affected and if there is anything else to address. Its spring, and horses love to roll in the mud and everyone is shedding like crazy.
Pastern and above is obviously swollen, lets see how much
I'll clip the whole area clean and then measure the widest part above the pastern joint.
The farrier left some sticky packing material on the heel bulbs so I'll get that off.
After cold hosing, Tuff Rock volcanic mud poltice is applied. Pastern is measured at 12.5 inches circumference. Tomorrow we will cold hose, reassess and poltice again. Diet is developed with nutricuticals to enhance healing.