Bowed tendons can cause serious damage to your horse and possibly even end his career. So how can you prevent your horse from getting a bowed tendon? Most importantly keep your horse in shape, especially if he is expected to perform at any level of competition. However bowed tendons can also happen when horses are in shape. Bowing a tendon happens when a back foot strikes a front leg particularly when the tendon is stretched. Damage can vary from a bruise to the complete severing of the tendon. Healing tendons takes some time and most often is accompanied with little exercise. Sometimes surgery can be required if tendon injuries are bad enough. If you suspect a tendon injury call your vet and schedule an ultrasound to look more closely at the tendon and the possible damage.