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My horse is recovering from a tendon injury and she's INSANE from being locked up ...
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    What are the best boots for tendon support?

    My horse is recovering from a tendon injury and she's INSANE from being locked up in a stall, so what should I use to prevent re-injury? Are sports medicine boots pretty good?

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    I use them on my cutting horse when I'm showing. I think there are differing opinions on them, but I like them so far. Just don't leave them on for an extended period of time.
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    There is no boot that supports the tendons. But oen of the boots that protects them knocks the best are open front boots. But I wouldn't leave any boots on her if you aren't going to be right there watching.
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    As to prevent re injury, take her on hand walks/trots to help expend the built up energy. Just turning her out to do it on her own may be asking for trouble whether she has boots on or not.
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    Yes, she's being handwalked and lunged at the trot and I'm not turning her out or leaving her anywhere- I'm just wondering what boots she should wear, because me handwalking her doesn't exactly guarantee that she'll actually be walking. (she's been lovely for me so far, but I just got back from my real home over 8 hours away, and according to the barn supervisor, while I was gone she's been bucking, rearing, barreling through handlers, etc. She really is an angel... until put on stall rest for 7 weeks... ><)

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    well if your looking for boots the smbs are good..i have a pair but i like classic equine better..they seem to hold up better and stay cleaner..
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    We use Classic Equine - I think they are better made.

    I'll agree with some of the others though, there is no boot that actually provides tendon support. they may all provide some VERY slight support, but nothing that I could even come close to real support.

    Check with your vet first though to see if she should even have boots on. He may want her to remain bootless to really stretch and move that tendon to strengthen it, and not have any reliance on what minimal support a boot could give.

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    The best thing to help prevent a reinjury is careful rehab and good conditioning. Boots are not a huge factor in this, your program is.

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    Most boots don't give all that much tendon support. They will help a little, but not a whole lot.

    If he's going stir crazy in his stall, cut out ALL grain (use beet pulp with a couple of peppermints in it to give him supplements or medications) and feed him a "calm" hay, like bermuda or Timothy. Make sure he has hay in front of him at all times. If he eats too much, use a small mesh hay bag, to slow him down. Get him a stall toy, or three, and make sure a horse is stalled across from him at all times (so he doesn't get scared or worked up left alone, rotate horses).

    You can ask your vet about long term sedation if none of the above helps. They have things like "horse prozac" that can really help.

    As soon as the vet gives the okay, hand walk him as much as possible.
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    I have been working on tendon issues with my filly and my vet told me that no boots out there will give her the support she would need - he said to wrap her legs from hoof to hock with cotton and vet wrap as tight as possible then keep her moving at a controlled pace...
    So maybe try that?? wrapping...
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