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Tendon injury of the superficial digital flexor tendon in Horses

The most common tendon injury in horses is damage to the superficial digital flexor tendon. This is the tendon closest to the skin on the back of the cannon bone. It can be palpated from the back of the knee down to the fetlock. The deep digital flexor tendon lies just under it, and under that, the suspensory ligament. In severe injuries the deeper structures may also be damaged. When the superficial digital flexor tendon, commonly referred to by veterinarians as the SDFT, is injured, it first begins to swell. This type of injury is known as tendinitis and it occurs in all sport horses.

Swelling of the Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon

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