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  • Deep digital flexor lesion

    Anyone experienced this? Our new vet thinks my gelding has a lesion of his deep digital flexor tendon (did I say that right?). The ultrasound wasn't 100% clear, but she's pretty sure. What kind of prognosis can I expect? How long is rehab, and is jumping a chance, or will it be flat work only?

    The vet wants him handwalked daily for a month, normal turnout, and then check again . For most horses she would want stall rest, but this gelding will do more damage screaming and running in his stall then he will out in a pasture with friends.

    Thanks for any info, or sympathy, you can give. TO be honest, I'm just glad to put a name to his lameness.
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  • #2
    Really depends a lot on the size of the lesion, and where it is.

    The gelding I'm leasing injured his DDFT last July, required surgery for adhesions in September (common in DDFT lesions in the foot, where his was), s-l-o-w-l-y rehabbed all winter and a month ago got the "all clear" from his surgeon to go back to full work. We'll start jumping in 3 weeks if all's well!

    Lots of gory details on my blog, linked in my signature line.

    Good luck!
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    • #3
      If the vet is sure it is NOT the superficial flexor tendon then I would also ask your vet about shoeing with a rockered or rolled toe, and perhaps a wedge pad. This is to relieve tension on the DDFT for a while during initial healing. The wedge is then is slowly lowered over a couple shoeings.(half the amount of wedge , then none). HOWEVER if the vet is not sure if it is the DDFT or the SFT, then don't wedge because wedging will increase tension in the SFT.
      The rocker or roll toe is a good idea all the time , even after healing.
      Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
      Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.
      www.hoofcareonline.com

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      • #4
        Yes, Keebler's in a wedge shoe, possibly for a long time.
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          #5
          Definately not SFT. I'll ask about the shoes, thanks!
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