Tendon firing and blistering – a review of the evidence for and against its continued use in horses

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TENDON FIRING AND BLISTERING – A REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE FOR AND AGAINST ITS CONTINUED USE IN HORSES - Dr David Marlin 

Have you ever had a horse with a tendon injury fired or blistered? If your horse had a tendon injury would you consider firing? Do you think tendon firing is effective?

BACKGROUND

Firing of horse tendons appears to have originated in the Middle Ages and that’s where it should have stayed. I don’t think history will look favourably on the horse world for continuing the use of firing despite several studies that show it . . .

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About Author

Dr David Marlin is a physiologist and biochemist who has worked in academia, research and professional sport. He has worked in the equestrian and veterinary world and in human sport, healthcare, medicine and exercise science. In 1989 David obtained his PhD from the UK’s leading sports university, Loughborough University following a four-year study on the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training, undertaken at the renowned Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. You can read David's full biography in the Our Website section.