#WednesdayWisdom – Does age affect tendon strength?

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Does age affect tendon strength?

Damage to the elastic tendons in the lower limb (superficial digital flexor tendon, suspensory ligament) accumulates with age. By the age of 11years the SDFT is 40% weaker than in a young horse. This is worth considering when designing a training programme for an older horse. Varied exercise on a range of surfaces is probably best for conditioning tendons without straining them.

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