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post #1 of 3 Old 04-26-2009, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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suspensory question

HI newbie here,we just adopted a rescued horse,the rescurer said that Whiskey had soundness issue but that he would be ok and was improving. We walked him the two miles to our home (no trailer ) he was fine, we noticed that Whiskey was limping after trotting and cantering with our other horse. We have not ridden him as of yet, He needs more grocerys. the queston is do you think that it is a suspensory injury (the farrier does and what can we do for Whiskey ? I have never had to deal with this type of issue before, he is 17 years old. no heat just some swelling in the area.
Even if he can not be ridden ,he will have a forever home with us. thanks in advance
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-26-2009, 02:32 PM
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Suspensory injuries take a long time to recover. Just how long depends on the exact nature of the injury and how extensive the injury is. It would be a very very good idea to have your vet out to ultrasound the leg and find out exactly what is going on so that he can give you a reasonable timeline for rehab. Suspensory injuries may only take a couple of months to heal or more than a year, so knowing how serious the injury is is very important to know how long to reasonably expect to have to continue rehab. Any activity the occurs prior to full healing can cause reinjury and set the process back.

Until you can have the vet out, stall rest with only a few minutes hand walking a day would be the best course of action.

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-26-2009, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for your reply. Sounds just like what we were discussing doing.
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