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Tendon injuries Owner Factsheet

Tendon injuries are a common occurrence in the athletic horse. Although injury can occur in any tendon in any type of horse and age, the superficial digital flexor tendon of the lower limb is most frequently affected, particularly in the racehorse and event horses. It is characterised by heat, pain and swelling of the limb with variable lameness. Management of the injury in the early stages is imperative to achieving a favourable outcome.

Image: Digital sheath: tenosynovitis
©Prof Derek Knottenbelt

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