Tendon injuries in horses can signal the end of an equine’s athletic career, although there are many horses that successfully return to riding, and competition, albeit sometimes at a lower level, after appropriate treatment and a significant recovery period.
In order to understand why and how these injuries occur, it is helpful to be familiar with the structures involved.
Tendons are the straps of connective tissues that attach a muscle to other body parts, usually bones. They transfer the force of muscle contraction to the bones enabling movement; the tendon is firmly connected to muscle fibres at one end and to components of the bone at the other end.
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