A friend of mine has a teenaged TB mare. She rides 4-5 days a week, W/T/C and a little jumping. She went out to the barn last week and found the horse with a fat knee. A week of rest and bute and wrapping and icing as best she could and there is still swelling in the joint. No heat in the knee or the leg. No apparent abrasions or anything.
She was texting the vet about it and vet says send me a pic. Friend does so. Vet says "Oh looks like a tendon injury horse will never be able to jump again and may not return to soundness." Huh?!? All from a picture via text message?? Really I swear, no exaggeration, that is what went down.
Do tendon injuries even present with swelling in the knee? I figured mare tweaked it during the ride the day before or out playing in the messy paddock. Or maybe she slipped or something.
She is barely lame on it.
I told friend to call another vet, have the vet COME OUT and perhaps ultrasound if they really think it is a tendon. Or do rads of the knee.
Thoughts? These types of injuries are not my forte so I was curious what the COTH lameness gods had to say.
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even most tendon tears can be healed with stem cell treatment. I run a rehab center and most of what I do is bring horses back to full work after these types of injuries. Tell her there are LOTS of options.
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