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post #1 of 13 Old 10-22-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Ligament Strain Guidance

Ligament Strain Guidance
As some of you might be aware, I got my first horse, Dixie about two weeks ago. Two days before she was scheduled to come home, she strained her ligament in her lower front leg. So bringing her home was set back a week until the vet gave permission for her to trailer. Since she has been home, I have been taking it very slow with her because I am aware if she tears this ligament, I am going to be in a world of trouble and so is she. She is my first horse, so of course, this is the first time I've encountered this before. I've talked with her previous owner, the vet and a few fellow equine owners and gathered some wonderful information. Her legs have been wrapped (polos and ace bandages) and I've been using liniment when she's sore on the injured leg. The vet left me with instructions to walk her every other day; permitting how much she can take. If she appears to be sore, I am supposed to stop. No trotting, cantering or turning out is allowed. So she isn't even allowed to be pastured with the other horses at the barn. So these past two weeks have been daily or every other day walking for 15-30 minutes, again, permitting what she is able to handle. She is doing pretty well, but was very sore this morning.

My question is what other measures can I be taking to help her recover? What information do I need to be aware of while this is healing? Her spirits seem very well and otherwise, she is great. Minus her little miss priss attitude, but that's another story lol. But I would like to know how to help her as much as possible.
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How did she hurt it? It can be a very long road to recovery.
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The vet believes that because the previous previous owners never properly changed her shoes and when she got new shoes, she 'rolled her leg' so to speak, when she was turned back out into pasture. (Sorry I am trying to remember the proper terms and what the vet explained.)
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what kind of horse? How old. Some degenerative diseases can show up in ligiments
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American Quarter Horse. She will be 10 years old in January. She's never had a problem like this. At least while she was in the proper hands, she never had a problem with ligaments.
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They can come out of know where.It all depends on how bad the damage is. Have they done an ultrasound so you actually know the details?
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if she is sore, drop down to every other day , as you state your Vet ordered. Cold hose it.
Dry it then wrap it. Maybe pull her shoes while she is recovering.
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They can come out of know where.It all depends on how bad the damage is. Have they done an ultrasound so you actually know the details?
Yes they have done an ultra sound. Sadly, I am at work right now so I do not have the paperwork to explain which ligament is the issue here. I should have thought about that before posting. I can always provide that later tonight or tomorrow if that helps.
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if she is sore, drop down to every other day , as you state your Vet ordered. Cold hose it.
Dry it then wrap it. Maybe pull her shoes while she is recovering.
Yes, I figured that tomorrow she would just be allowed out of her stall to graze for a short period of time and put back inside instead of any kind of hand walking. I've been dry wrapping it, but the cold hosing will be in order for her tomorrow. I can do that even when the temp is really cool? I am not sure if I can have her shoes removed yet. The farrier suggested 12 weeks of shoes, but that was also before the injury. Do you think the vet would have suggested having the shoes pulled if it was a problem? (Sorry, I do not know that much, but I would love to learn).
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My question is what other measures can I be taking to help her recover? What information do I need to be aware of while this is healing?
Keep following your vet's advice. Soft tissue injuries can take a long time (months) to fully heal. They'll look and feel like they're ready for work before the injury is completely healed which leads to a lot of re-injuries when worked too soon. Rest, keeping her separated, and light exercise as you are doing is absolutely the best.
Sounds like you're doing a good job and have a good vet and plan. Just takes patience now.
Good luck to you and your mare.

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