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Tendonitis in the Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon

Equine athletes are under a tremendous amount of stress in their limbs which often leads to various lameness issues. One of the most common injuries is tendonitis, specifically of the superior digital flexor tendon (SDFT). Tendons are responsible for connecting and transferring the force from muscles to bones. The SDFT specifically stretches from below the knee or hock to the pastern bone (see figure 1) and is under considerable loading stress, especially in disciplines involving high speeds or jumping, such as Three-Day Eventing.