TENDON IN­JURY

Horse & Rider - - Ride & Train -

Lo­ca­tion: A lump or bump on the back or to the side of your horse’s

can­non-bone area may mean he’s ex­pe­ri­enced an in­jury to one of the flexor ten­dons.

What it is: When ten­dons are first in­jured, torn fibers can lead to bleed­ing and fluid ac­cu­mu­la­tion within the tis­sues. This fluid can cre­ate a lump. If a tendon in­jury is old, scar tis­sue may have formed.

Look and feel: A fresh tendon in­jury will be firm, and usu­ally sen­si­tive to pres­sure if you squeeze it with your fin­gers. An old tendon in­jury may feel al­most bony, and will not be sen­si­tive to pres­sure.

Should you worry: If your horse has a new, sen­si­tive bump over the tendon area, call your vet—es­pe­cially if your horse is lame. An ul­tra­sound can tell you if the tendon has been in­jured and if so, how badly. This is a sce­nario where know­ing what your horse’s legs look like on a nor­mal day is es­pe­cially im­por­tant.

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