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Pinfiring can prove beneficial in some cases,sich as when treating bowed tendons. For the most part, pin firing does very little. There have been some cases where pinfirng was successful, but those are exceptions. I, personally, have seen nothing beneficial from it. My Thoroughbred, Elliot, was pinfired when he raced. It is said that it would increase the circulation in his legs in an injured area, yet on October 12th, 1997, he suffered a sesamoid fracture at Thisledowns Racehorse following a third-place finish in a claiming race. I know not if he was pinfired prior or following his injury, but the pinfiring soul never have been done in the first place. I know the exact date of his injury because it states so on equibase.com. The scars of the pinfiring are also evident. Dots of white scar tissue run down cannon bone in two lines, beginning below the knee and ending just above the fetlock. All it did for him was create bleeding holes in his legs along with immense pain. A recent study done in 2006 showed that pin firing did little to aid in the healing of tendon injuries. In fact, it delayed the healing in some cases. And more shockingly, pinfiring has been banned in every country except the United States. It is said in Horse Feathers by vetenarian David W. Ramey that "Firing serves only to inflame and scar the skin and does nothing for the underlying tissues that are supposed to be the target of this kind of therapy (Ramey, 27)."
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