Abstract: One of the most encountered problems in horses is disorder of locomotion. Injuries to the tendon include large part of orthopedic activitiesin animals. The perpose of this study was to use the tendon xenograft in cases of tendon gap in horses. The study was conducted on 10 clinicaly healthy adult indigenous horses from both sexes. The deep digital flexor tendon of the left fore limb was exposed undergeneral ensthesia and 5-7 cm of middle one third of tendon was cut and removed. Then peices of the bovine fetal tendon were replaced for the tendon gap. The temdon samples were collected from the site of operation on 70th post operative day for biomechanical evaluation. The result of biomechanical testing proved a good tensile strenght on 70 days post operation. The result of the study indicated that fetal tendon graft is a possible treatment fot severe tendon defects or lacerations in the horses.
S. Dehghani and S. Varzandian , 2007. Biomechanical Study of Repair of Tendon Gap by Bovine Fetal Tendon Transplant in Horse . Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 6: 1097-1100.