La Sra. Ma. Alejandra Bauza-Brown representa a Haras Ambato en USA. Escribe una de las páginas mas interesantes que he leido en el Facebook su nombre es JUMPER. Allí ha publicado este artículo que los invito a leer por la importancia de su contenido.
Tendons run down the front and back of a horse’s lower limb. Hindlimb picture illustration.
Equine Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon Injuries Reviewed. (by: Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc)( by the horse.com)
Studies at both the molecular and cellular level are needed to better determine how tendon injuries occur. Only then, appropriate treatment and preventive measures can be developed.
Some tendons are more prone to injury than others; the majority of tendon injuries (97-99%) occur to the forelimb tendons, with the superficial digital flexor tendon being injured in 75-93% of cases and the remaining injuries occurring to the suspensory ligament,
the risk of tendon injuries increases with increasing age and are more common in National Hunt racehorses than horses that compete only on the flat. National Hunt horses jump and are typically older than horses that race on the flat.
Elite show jumpers also have a high risk of injury to the forelimb superficial digital flexor tendon and deep digital flexor tendon; however, dressage horses more frequently suffer hind limb suspensory ligament injuries.
While tendons can be injured as a result of a single overloading event, tendon injury is more often preceded by degenerative changes in the extracellular matrix of the tendon (the microscopic components of the tendon that lie between the individual cells of the tendon). To date, the cause of this degeneration remains unclear.
“Understanding the variation in tendon matrix at the molecular and cellular level and the relationship to the unique requirements of individual tendons is the key to developing more effective treatment regimens and to reducing the incidence of injury through managing training practices,” the researchers concluded.
María Alejandra Bauzá – Brown.