Digital Flexor Damage
Looking for some advice, please!
Biz (my horse) recently gouged a hole in the back of his off-fore, during turn out one day. It was such a mess. Called vet who immediately reccommended an ultrasound, the diagnosis was that he had ruptured the DF tendon.
We're on heat/ice treatment, box rest, pain/inflammatory control and bandaging until the wound heals. Then we have to reassess the damage (our next ultrasound is 4th March). The vet has been quite cautious on his prognosis, and doesn't believe there will be 100% recovery. To be honest, I can't see it either.
I'm heart-broken... more to see how Biz is in himself than anything.
So, a few questions:
- Anyone dealt with something similar?
- What is the quality of life? (expected v actual... and no, I'm not considering euthanasia yet)
- Any alternative treatments/care that people have found useful?
- Any comfort techniques for a very subdued horse? (I visit, fuss, groom, play music, regularly)