Suspensory injury and stable boredom
It kills me to be typing this, yet another injury and another $1000 on top of my already substantial vet bill from the last illness over Christmas.
This time Hugo has torn his suspensory ligament in his off fore. It is not completely ruptured, but slightly more than halfway through. The tear is just above the point that the ligament branches, about halfway down the cannon.
Diagnosed by palpatation, and confirmed by ultrasound.
So now my boy is crippled, and confined to a stable for 3 months, then gradual handwalking until he can go into a small paddock for a few hours at a time, etc. etc.
Currently we are cold hosing the leg 3 times/day for 20mins to take some swelling down, and support bandaging at night. No bute as he will try to move around if the pain is gone and we can't risk him tearing it further.
I don't stable my horses unless I really need to for one night at a time before a comp or such. Hugo has been out in the paddock for 18months with other horses, and is now confined for a long period of time. I am concerned about his mental well being.
We get to my questions -
1. Has anybody had experience with suspensory injuries, what treatments and rehabilitation did you go through, and what was the outcome?
2. Anyone that stables 24/7, or has had horses in a similar situation being confined for injury, how did you keep them occupied and sane? Hugo's not big on apples and carrots, and not a playful type, he's a bit of a grumpy old man!