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[RC] soft tissue leg injuries - Lucy Trumbull

Despite my best efforts, Provo has managed to lame himself
in the paddock with what appears to be a soft-tissue injury 
to his lower left front leg (soft tissue = tendons and ligaments,
right? Or am I getting confused?). 

The tendon area just above the fetlock feels puffy to the 
touch and he's slightly off on left circles when lunged. 
Doesn't seem sore to palpation.

In dismay, I have several questions relating to this:

1) Is there such a thing as non-significant tendon injury?
  (oh please, oh please)(this is after spending last winter 
   rehabbing Mouse's suspensory, and Provo's back leg bow)

2) How long do people typically lay their horses off for
  this type of leg injury once the swelling has disappeared/
  they are no longer lame? (Days? Weeks? Months?)

3) When horses are pulled for lameness at rides, how long,
  typically, does it take to recover and return to work?
  (I'm not talking about stone bruise-type injuries, or
  impact-with-hard-object injuries - more injuries where 
  there is palpatable swelling for no specific reason).

I realise this is akin to asking "how long is a piece of
string", but I'm wondering if I'm making a big deal over
nothing, or whether this is something I really need to 
work at and go after scientifically, with weeks of careful
stress loading in tiny increments?

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Lucy Chaplin Trumbull
elsie AT foothill DOT net
Repotted english person in Sierra Foothills, California
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