For the first week, I did a sweat wrap with Furacin, and then I did three more weeks of a simple pressure bandage. When I took the first bandage off, the swelling was gone and the leg has looked clean ever since.
That's great news of course, but Dr. Tolley is very conservative and thorough in his practice of equine medicine. While "the spot" was no longer visible, he was concerned about the relative size of the tendon when compared to the one on the left leg.
To provide more support, Dr. Tolley applied a Gelocast, a wet bandage that molds to the leg and dries into a hard cast. Speedy will wear the cast for two weeks, and then I'll replace it for another two weeks.
Dr. Tolley cleared him for actual walks around the neighborhood. This is important to me as I don't want Speedy to lose any more muscle than he already has. Even walking for 30 minutes three to four times a week will help him to maintain a certain level of fitness so that we aren't starting over completely.
At the end of four weeks, I'll bring Speedy back to see Dr. Tolley for a third ultrasound. Depending on what the tendon looks like, Speedy will either be cleared for a slow return to work, or he'll get another four weeks of just rest with no bandaging.
While tendonitis or a bowed tendon is nothing to mess around with, I feel completely confident that Dr. Tolley's very conservative and careful treatment plan will ensure that Speedy makes a full recovery. Yes, it changed my original plans for the summer, but I've already made new plans that are just as exciting as the first ones might have been.
Look for a Speedy update in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, feel free to drop by and give him a visit. I am sure he'd appreciate the company!