Ligament & Tendon Injuries


New Surgical Treatment for Suspensory Injury

November 01, 2002

Suspensory injuries are common in athletic horses. The suspensory ligament extends down the back of the lower leg from the knee or the hock and lies between the flexor tendons and the cannon bone. There are a number of treatments for injured... Read More


Buddha Injury Still Uncertain

May 06, 2002

Diagnostics were still being done on pre-Derby second choice Buddha on the Monday after the race. His attending veterinarian, Dr. Ken Reed, said while they hadn’t found out a whole lot more, Buddha was sent on Sunday night (May 5) to Rood and... Read More


Jump Landings and Tendon Strain

May 01, 2002

Lameness in show jumpers is often caused by forelimb tendon injury. The superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is most frequently injured, followed by the interosseus tendon (IT), and the accessory ligament (AL), while the deep digital flexor... Read More


Tendons and Ligaments

April 01, 2002

It should come as no surprise that horses suffer from tendon and ligament injuries. When one considers these vital parts of the equine anatomy and the stresses placed upon them, it's a tribute to the horse's physical make-up that there aren't... Read More


Limitations of Diagnostic Ultrasound of Bowed Tendons

March 01, 2002

Diagnostic ultrasound has become a popular means of monitoring the healing of superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injuries, also known as bowed tendons. As image analysis software has been developed, the technique has become more widespread... Read More


AAEP Convention 2001: Kester News Hour

February 01, 2002

The Kester News Hour kicked off the scientific program of the AAEP convention. Named for the late veterinarian General Wayne O. "Sage" Kester, first president of the AAEP, the hour was designed to cover timely topics that were too brief and/or... Read More


Tendons and Ligaments: Dubai International Equine Symposium

October 15, 2001

The basic anatomy and physiology of tendons and ligaments is complex. Nathalie Crevier, DVM, of the Clinique Equine-Laboratorie D'Anatomie in France, revealed what has been learned of the microanatomy of tendons and ligaments.... Read More


Progress in Lameness Therapy: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 1997

October 11, 2001

Any treatment of laminitis must be prefaced by answering questions such as: "Do I save this horse regardless of the cost? Is it imperative that this horse race again?" What sort of care will be available to the horse following application of special ... Read More


Medical Messengers--British Equine Veterinary Association

October 08, 2001

The annual meeting of the British Equine Veterinary Association provided a wealth of information on topics ranging from tendons and ligaments to muscle diseases, from disorders of the back to conformation. Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS,... Read More


Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 1999

October 02, 2001

The name of the conference might be misleading, because the 10th Annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in Louisville, Ky., covered topics from how nutrition affects hooves to what stimulates hooves to grow. The theme of this year's symposium was... Read More


Bapten Taken Off Market

October 01, 2001

The equine tendon medication Bapten has been discontinued by its manufacturer, PR Pharmaceuticals, because of a lack of demand. The expense and length of treatment involved with Bapten therapy kept it from becoming popular, according to Keri... Read More


Training Young Horses

September 18, 2001

Dr. E.E. Watson was a veterinarian of some repute for many years in the Midwest during the middle decades of the 20th Century. He not only treated racehorses, but he bred them, owned them, and trained them. One year in the late 1950s, he had a... Read More


Young Horses in Training and Injury Risks

January 01, 2001

Everyone involved in the racing industry knows that one of the major problems in training horses is keeping them free from injury. Bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments are placed under considerable strain during training and racing,... Read More


Tendon Injuries: Treatments and Prevention

September 01, 2000

Tendon injuries quickly can end a performance horse's career. There are no definitive statistics concerning how many horses in the world suffer from tendon injuries of some sort, but the number is considerable. The most common injury is the one... Read More


Bapten Discontinued By PR Pharmaceuticals

December 01, 1999

The equine tendon medication Bapten has been discontinued by its manufacturer, PR Pharmaceuticals, because of a lack of demand for the product. The expense and length of treatment involved with Bapten therapy kept the drug from becoming popular... Read More


Foal Limbs And Feet Deformities

June 01, 1999

Flexural or angular deformities can be very shocking and even disturbing in severe cases, but appropriate veterinary care offers great hope for these foals.... Read More


Deep Digital Flexor Tenotomy As a Treatment for Chronic Laminitis

March 01, 1999

Deep digital flexor tenotomy is a surgical alternative that transects the deep digital flexor tendon in the mid-cannon bone region. This major tendon runs down the back of the horse's leg and attaches to the back of the coffin bone. ... Read More


Therapeutic Ultrasound

November 01, 1998

The use of ultrasonic sound for diagnosis and treatment in human and equine medicine is not new, and in fact is becoming commonplace. Most horse breeders, for example, are familiar with the use of diagnostic ultrasound to detect and monitor... Read More


Using Heat Therapy

June 01, 1998

Pain is due to muscle spasm, reduced circulation, and nerve pressure caused by connective tissue changes. Heat can address all of these causes and stimulate the repair process.... Read More


Equine Back Problems

May 01, 1998

Equine back problems are common, particularly in performance horses. The conditions involved can be primary or can result from lameness, ill-fitting tack, or even inadequate schooling. It is noteworthy that the most common reaso... Read More


Tendon Injuries Part 3: Suspensory Desmitis

September 01, 1997

Although the suspensory is considered a ligament, it is appropriate to discuss this structure in our tendon series since technically it is a vestigial ("existing as a rudimentary structure") tendon. To review the anatomy, the suspensory... Read More


Equine Tendon Lacerations: Part 2

August 01, 1997

Electric fence wire, barbed wire, sheet metal...What do these things have in common? They
all have caused catastrophic tendon injuries in horses. The structure and function of tendons, as well as flexor tendon desmitis, were reviewed in the... Read More



July 01, 1997

Tendinitis is a troublesome disorder for many owners and trainers of highly competitive horses. In fact, some horsemen feel injury to the tendons and ligaments threatens an equine athlete's career more than fractures. The "bowed... Read More


Proximal Sesamoid Bones

April 01, 1997

This information will help you as a breeder, owner, or trainer understand better the area of the sesamoids, how they can be injured, and how they can be treated.... Read More


Flexural Deformities

March 01, 1997

It is a sad sight when it happens. The newly born foal struggles to its feet and stands there wobbling on forelimbs and/or hindlimbs that can't seem to bear the weight. There might be a knuckling over at the pastern with the foal literally... Read More