Wind galls/Wind puffs

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  • gelaps Original Poster
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    I have recently purchased a gelding that I barrel race on. I’ve been around him since he was a baby. About a year an a half ago, previous owner sat him down too hard on bad ground and he had hind end lameness. After treatment, he was turned out for 6 months and then brought back to running again after lameness vet looked at him. He has wind puffs/wind galls and vet said they are caused by the fact he injured his common digital flexor tendon and was left with these puffs. He shows no signs of lameness and runs well. His recommendation was to make sure he was warmed up well before runs and workouts and kept on 24/7 turnout. I’m a worry wart and was just looking to hear some more opinions. I currently have him on Smart Tendon supplement and use the Back On Tracks when hauling to shows. Again he is showing no signs of lameness. Just these ugly bumps. I do have pics but couldn’t get them to upload on here.

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    sj_sophia
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    Hi,
    My eventing Mare has a few nicks and bumps from her long career and I just try to manage them and keep them from getting swollen. After every ride I liniment my horse and after jumping/strenuous work I cold hose each leg for 10 minutes (it’s a long process but it works) if she does start to get swelled up I also poultice her overnight. You could also use a gel liniment and wrap over it. Just keep an eye on them and if you feel heat or sense a lameness, always call your vet.

    HorseAngel
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    Being a worry wart can be a good thing. Here is a link to some good information. It covers exactly what you are talking about. https://sreinhold.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/my-horse-has-windpuffs-a-problem-or-just-unsightly/

    Barrel racing is hard on a horse. Use your best judgment. Give him plenty of time to recover between events and practice.

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    jessica_monks
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    This issue is with any old injury to the digital flexor tendon it can happen again and you must be on the preventative side of life. The tendon may be healed but it’s not as strong as it was originally so the horse is most likely to have this injury re-occur if strained. I would make it a rule to always ride him in relentless sport boots these boots are designed to prevent over flexion and re-injuring the tendon. My mare had the same injury I gave here 4 months off and lineament wrapped her for a month. She was started back slow but I will not allow her to be over worked or ridden with out the sport boots or proper polos. I started from scratch on jumping again and if she goes to a show she then gets 2 days off. IF the horse re-injures it I would give him 6 months off one month of support wraps with lineament on the bad leg to draw out inflammation cold hosing and then finally he should be retired to a life of light trail riding. Even if he comes back sound it would be best for him after injuring it twice to have a different job.

    XCountryCrazy
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    Did the vet perform an ultra sound of the tendon to determine the degree of injury? I agree, the tendon will never be as a strong as it once was. Yes! There are things you can do to prevent further injury. I cold hose and poultice. I have heard differing opinions on support boots. For instance, some experts say they constrict the movement of the tendons and ligaments. Sometimes those rear boots don’t fit well and tend to stretch out and slide down presenting a safety issue for horse and rider. If you have boots that fit well I would discuss it with your vet to make sure they are right for your guy. Either way, support boots will not guarantee no further injury. My best advice is be on the lookout for heat or swelling. After a competition, poultice and give him a couple days off. A little R&R will help him recover. 🙂

    Mapale Mapale
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    Cold hosing as routine after every ride.
    Liniment prior to and after riding.
    Longer warm-up and cool down.

    The tendon sheath stretched – it will not go back to its original shape, and will allow for fluid to be retained there. It’s not an indication of lameness on its own, but if you manage the fluid that might collect there, you can prevent further injury.

    Unless using for rehabbing after a recent injury, sport boots can do more harm than good because of the amount of heat generated during exercise, my vets don’t recommend them. Heat on the tendon is not your friend.

    One last word – don’t take chances – what can be a little weakness can be a big lameness if you miss the warnings. Watch for resistance on either side or backing up, and if so, rest your horse, and use EPF-5 prior to wrapping to help speed the healing.

    Also A+ on the Smart Tendon. I’ve had great results with it.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    susannah
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    See if you have a Pulsed-Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy(PEMFT) technician in your area. This is a wonderful tool for alleviating soreness in horses, dogs, people, etc. It’s painless, non-evasive, and relatively inexpensive. It’s used for horses in heavy training: racing, jumping, dressage, and eventing. Susannah. 🙂

    barrel_racer15 barrel_racer15
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    I had a gelding with the exact same issue! I do recommend 24 hour turnout (stalling him will just make it worse). I was told (by my vet) to condition him well and keep him in good performance shape. Before and after each show I rubbed liniment on his legs and wrapped his hind legs with no-bow wraps and I have never had any lameness problems with him. After each show I gave him a few days off. As others have noted, his leg will never get to quite the same strength but it is important to keep him in regular work to keep the leg strong. Best of luck to you!

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    Try Absorbine Jr. gel liniment on the place that gets inflamed.

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