This page contains injuries to
the Fetlock area of the leg.
This was a minor wound - cosmetic healing was important for this horse's show career.
Treatment 8-15-2005 through 8-22-2005
This horse has four wounds on two legs. The horse injured both rear legs when
attempting to cross a cattle guard.
The right rear leg had an eight inch wound that exposed bone just below the hock
and a laceration on the back of the pastern that severed the both flexor tendons and
later involved the joint. The left rear leg had the extensor tendon totally exposed on
both sides the full length of the cannon bone and a pressure abscess on the back of
Treatment 10-24-2006 to 12-1-2006
This horse has a lacerated tendon extending from just below the knee to the upper portion
of the fetlock.
Treatment 12-1-2006 through 1-12-2007
This is a six year old thoroughbred mare - multiple track winner with a three week old
untreated wound. Complete laceration of deep flexor tendon, purulent discharge with
wound openings on both sides of the leg, larger wound on lateral side, the distal end of the
lacerated tendon was protruding outside the wound cavity and low grade cellulitis.
Treatment 4-2-2008 through 4-22-2008
This is a Thoroughbred broodmare that injured her leg in the pasture and was referred to
Step Ahead Farm from Iowa. The wound was two weeks old at arrival, with both exposed
bone and exposed tendons.
Treatment 7-17-2004 through 12-31-2004
This was a four year old Thoroughbred Filly with a laceration down to the tendon, three inches
wide and eight inches long on the left rear leg, at the bottom of the cannon bone or top of the
Treatment 8-19-2006 through 9-2-2006
QH yearling with exposed bone at ankle level. There was impregnated rubber in the wound
that had penetrated the bone and there was also a lacerated tendon.
Treatment started on 9-30-2003
This injury was ten months old before it came to Step Ahead Farm. Owned by a nurse
who had been diligent in her care of the wound, using traditional products - caustic
powder and heavy metal compounds - the horse went very lame when it pulled the
severed extensor tendon loose from the granulation bed.
Treatment 9-21-2001 through 12-31-2001
This is a Thoroughbred filly with injuries to both the inside and outside of the fetlock.
Treatment 6-28-2001 through 8-28-2001
This is a three year old Paint Stud that had to be cut out of a steel cattle guard where he
had his foot entangled. The Heat transfer from the cutting torch to the steel rail caused
second and third degree burns to the under side of the right front leg.
Treatment 10-18-2000 through 12-1-2000
This is a 3 yo Fox Trotter filly that was caught in a forked tree when rolling out in the
pasture. She had three injuries, Two were in the cannon bone area. One, on the back of
the leg, is from pressure necrosis. The other was a laceration, with exposed bone and
tendon on the front of the leg just below the hock. The other injury was also a pressure
necrosis injury, on the back of the fetlock.
Treatment 10-20-2009 through 4-9-2010
Quarter Horse yearling gelding with a 2 1/2 month old injury.
This injury is just above the fetlock, and the movement of the joint caused the
crack, which continues to bone depth, seen in the center of the granulation bed.
The extensor tendon has been torn.
Treatment 7-27-2001 through 11-6-2001
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