The answer is…all of them!
Tendons are fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone, transmitting muscular effort into skeletal motion.
A rider’s choice of riding techniques and conditions can have critical effects on tendon health: tendons not sufficiently strengthened by progressive training are unable to withstand upward leaps in work demand; uneven and slippery footing sets the stage for missteps, while deep going greatly increases the workload of the tendons. Finally, hard, jolting stops override the limbs’ shock-absorbing system to the detriment of the tendons.
For more information about tendon injuries and care, be sure to consult your equine veterinarian!