Unusual Tendon Injuries in Sport Horses
Injuries to the weight-bearing front digital flexor tendons are some of the most common tendon issues in athletic horses. As such, we talk about these frequently while other, less-common tendon injuries get less press. That doesn’t mean they’re any less important, however.
Roger Smith, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FHEA, LAAssocECVDI, Dipl. ECVS, FRCVS, from the Royal Veterinary College, in London, U.K., shed some light on out-of-the-ordinary injuries during the 2018 British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, held Sept. 12-15, in Birmingham. First, he explained what he classifies as “unusual.”
The digital flexor tendons (DFT) that run down the back of the horse’s forelimbs and attach at the sesamoid bones are particularly vulnerable to injury because of their high load-bearing and their lack of protection by other tissues, he
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