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ClaireK

Suspensory ligament damage

The vet came out today and diagnosed Holly as having torn her suspensory ligament. Even though she is sound she has to follow quite a rigorous plan of recovery involving box rest, bute, walking out in hand, hot and cold water therapy and more visits from the vet. All this will last approx 12 months if all goes well. Even when she is allowed to be turned out she can only go out in a small paddock that wont allow her to get up any speed! I am going to get some funny looks taking her walkies at 5.30 am before i go to work!

Needless to say i am not a happy bunny.

Claire
Captain_Dingbat

Ack!

A pain in the backside for sure, but have seen some miraculous recoveries from this injury!

Chin up
ClaireK

Captain_Dingbat wrote:
Ack!

A pain in the backside for sure, but have seen some miraculous recoveries from this injury!

Chin up


Thankyou CD,

i am keeping positive and my plan from the vet has me back on her at the 4 week period for 45 mins walking a day, it is just frustrating as i had booked to take her away for the weekend on an active rider camp and she has been going so well over the last couple of months. Thats horses i suppose, still it gives me plenty of time to sort out my stuff for her and do lots of grooming and other bits that i never seem to have time to do!

Claire
kaz

How was it diagnosed if she is still sound?
Netty

Just a quicky to say I had a mare with the same injury (both forlegs at the same time - she never did anything by halves!)  many moons ago, who made a complete recovery and went on to continue to have a very active, competitive life with me again for many more years. I think patience was the key to her recovery. The most difficult part was trying to keep a very highly strung, super fit horse, half sane and calm, long enough for her to heal

Good luck

just a note to kaz, it was the swelling that gave it away on my horse  
Netty

Oops! meant to add, she died of natural causes, 25 years after I bought her (just keeled over one night, with no sign of a struggle) at the age of 28. The last I saw of her was hurtling up the side of the mountain to our top field and hooning around there with my other guys, after noshing down her supper that evening. Its a good memory to have of her and tbh, it was a 'nice' way for her to go. She didn't get old. She didn't retire. She just died. I wish all mine would go like that, especially after having the fab life she had lived  
lizzie44

Just seen this. The mare I ride had both suspensory ligs go at once when she was doing competetive endurance riding. The stud put her in foal, she was bought back into work and she has been ridden without any further lameness ever since. She is 22 this year, sound as a pound and we did a 16 mile ride last weekend. I think rest and patience is the best cure. Good luck with your horse. Love Lizzie
Seabird

Yep - same here, Years ago I did endurance riding on a riding school horse that had had suspensory ligament damage. We completed the Golden Horseshoe Ride the following year and he came in sound  
ClaireK

kaz wrote:
How was it diagnosed if she is still sound?


Hi Kaz,

She came in from the field with a square shaped swelling on her inner front canon bone. The following day her leg had filled up with being in over night but she wasnt sore and was happy to weight bear on it. The vet came out the following day and trotted her up (only very slightly lame and only noticeable if you know horses). He initially thought she had banged herself and said rest her for a week and i'll come out next week. When he came out again she was sound but he scanned her as he wasnt entirely happy. I have a pic of the scan and you can see a hole in the ligament (at least thats what the vets says it is).

One week of box rest later and she is coping well but just getting bored. Walkies twice a day are helping but she is going to be fun when i get back on her! Anyone got a parachute i can borrow, i might have to video it so i can put it on you tube!

Claire
sapphire

ClaireK, how is she doing?
ClaireK

Hi, Holly is doing ok. She has had 3 lots of Shock wave therapy and is due another scan on Monday 3 Jun. She still has to have bute each day and I was able to get back on her 10 days ago, but unfortunately have had decompression surgery on my wrist so I cant ride! Fingers crossed the scan will show the tear as getting smaller and things are looking more promising. Holly has coped very well with being on box rest for 8 weeks, only a couple of scary walks, once when we met a stallion and then this morning when someone in the distance was taking their pony and trap out! Even riding her was ok and I didn't need my parachute, just strong stomach and bum muscles!

Claire
ClaireK

Good news. Holly had a scan last night and the hole in her ligament is greatly reduced! Things are looking much better and we have to carry on with the programme as before. Hopefully i will be back on her by the end of this week (still have 2 stitches and a hole in my hand!) but fingers crossed she can be turned out by the end of this month, next at the latest, and doesnt need another scan now for 2 months unless there are any problems.
Am feeling much more relaxed about the whole thing now.

Claire

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