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[RC] Blown Ligaments - Bruce Weary DC

 Hi Jessica--
Presuming they aren't using the word "blown" as a slang term, if a
ligament is ruptured clear through, the ends will not mend together
without surgery. Tendons attach muscle to bone, and ligaments hold bones
(joints) together. So if a ligament is overstretched or torn, either
partially or completely, there will be joint instability. The long term
effects of exercise on an unstable joint include cartilage degeneration,
arthritis, and usually progressing pain.
 You could have an MRI done on the mare to see if her tissues are
intact, or a less expensive first step would be to have a good
orthopedic vet exmaine the involved joint for stability or ligament
laxity. If those ligaments are significantly compromised or torn clear
through, I think you are looking at a brood mare or pasture ornament.
Good luck with her.  Dr Q


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