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Contracted Tendons in Horses



Treatment will vary depending on how badly contracted the legs are. In mild cases, the action of the foal walking will help loosen the tendons that are constricting the joints, and the foal will heal on its own. Moderately affected foals may benefit from the application of a splint, which will help hold the leg in a straight position. Care must be taken to ensure the splint is not too tight, is checked periodically as the foal grows, and that it is not causing skin sores. Treatment with the antibiotic oxytetracycline may also help, as this medication acts on soft tissue fibers to help loosen them. Severe cases of contracted tendons may require surgery, although such cases have a poor prognosis.