Sport horses are submitted to intense musculoskeletal stress and are particularly at risk of experiencing tendon injury.
When tendinitis is present, there is lameness and sometimes even a deformation of the limb at the level of the injury. It must be cared for adequately to minimize chance of repeat injury. Indeed, the scar tissue that forms is less elastic than the original tendon and is therefore more prone to injury.
Carrying out an ultrasound allows the vet to see the severity of the damage. Treatment is based on rest and rehabilitation to reduce inflammation. Rehabilitation take a prolonged period of time, it typically takes few months for the horse to return to its previous level of activity.