Tendonology - Specialist Tendon Treatment for Horses



What is Tendonology?

Tendonology is specialist facility that provides a diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation service for racehorses with tendon problems.  The innovative patented treatment combined with a comprehensive exercise regime ensures 70% of horses treated return to racing.

Dr. David Chapman-Jones founder of Tendonology holds an exclusive licence to use this patented treatment technology specifically for equine use.  The intellectual property rights (IPR) derived from this application in association with this use is protected under copyright law. No other individual or company has any such permission and any breech of IPR or the licence will be prosecuted.

How does Tendonology work?

Tendonology operates primarily as an 'in-patient' based treatment centre. Horses stay for an average of twelve to sixteen weeks and undergo a unique, patented tendon cell regeneration treatment that is applied to address the origin of the condition.


Tendonology's Plans

Plans are underway for Tendonology's new treatment centre and research facility.   The new centre will provide:

  • A dedicated biomechanics facility to improve the diagnostic process for tendon injured horses, those presenting with unidentified lameness and motion performance analysis.
  • A performance evaluation laboratory with the capacity to evaluate everything from a horses Vo2 max, blood gas analysis, on-set of blood lactate and scoping
  • Imaging diagnostics, including ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and thermal imaging
  • A laboratory specialising in tissue matrix research
  • An indoor schooling arena with multi camera performance analysis 


Third Time Lucky? Bob's Story

The Return of Rigour Back Bob

Despite the fact that Rigour Back Bob has won seven times, with five placings in his 21 race-starts career  accumulating prize money of £120,000 arguably his finest race was in the 2011 Cheltenham Festival Ladbrokes World Hurdle finishing 5th and only 51/2 lengths behind the extraordinary Big Bucks who won an impressive 18 consecutive races with four World Hurdle wins.   With Bob hitting a rating high of 153 as a six year old the future for him and his owners looked bright.  

However, Bob’s owners the Gaticoma Syndicate were to experience the emotional roller coaster that race horse ownership is.  By October 2011 Bob’s racing future was in serious doubt when he suffered the almost obligatory tendon injury to the superficial digital flexor tendon in both his fore limbs.  In November 2011 he was dispatched to Tendonology for his tendon treatment and returned to racing in December 2012.   However, that is where the story really just begins. 

    Download Bob's Story    Bob, post 4th injury end of March!


Tendonology Treatment: It Works!

China Rock ruptures a tendon then a year later wins the Punchestown Gold Cup

(and runs in the Cheltenham Gold Cup!)

18th March 2011

China Rock, ran in the Cheltenham Gold Cup sustaining a rupture of the right fore superficial digital flexor tendon

16th March 2012

China Rock was fit to race in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup and in fact he ran a blinder finishing 8th and more importantly, he was absolutely sound.

Incredibly it was also only 302 days after sustaining such a serious injury before he returned to racing at Punchestown on 14th January 2012.

28th April 2012

China Rock wins the Punchestown Gold Cup

Download the China Rock story


This Filly sired by Paco Boy is an unraced two year old thoroughbred. It was reported that she has sustained a significant left fore limb tendon injury. This horse had no previous history of tendon problems. Any spontaneous, non-trauma injury to a tendon in a horse of this age in unusual.

Read the full report


Giles and Olivia's precious racehorse has a tendon injury.

Watch their story.


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