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.