“But I swear he was lame yesterday Doc!” Such are the words often proclaimed by frustrated owners of horses that show non-resolving intermittent lameness. Frequently I am presented with a horse that has had variable amounts of lameness over a course of time with no obvious source of heat, pain or swelling. The horse seems to show improvement with shoeing changes, anti-inflammatory therapy and work changes but in the end still comes up unpredictability lame. When the defining characterization of the lameness is that it is unpredictable, then I place high suspensory ligament injury at the top of my list of suspect causes.
High Suspensory Ligament Injuries in Horses
That leg did swell a while back. He had a small cut on his knee and I put an ointment on it and I thought he just had a reaction to the ointment but I am thinking now that it could have been swelling due to his injury. The swelling took about a week to go down.
This has been going on for about three months now. I am making appointment to have an ultrasound done.
Have you guys ever experiences anything like this before? Any input would be helpful.
Right now he is on stall rest and I have been using Sore No More Ligament and have been wrapping him in standing wraps.