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post #1 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Suspensory Treatment and Questions

Hola, my horse has a right hind suspensory issue. It is relatively small but I don't recall the vet's answer on what part of his right hind it was. If needed I can get the information. Anyways, I've never dealt with this kind of injury before. I've heard that it's a pain to deal with and it takes quite a bit of time though. My trainer wants us to keep him at the barn which has quite a pricey board for a horse that is just standing in a stall.

I've seen a few horses with a relatively similar injury, go to a certain barn where the horses are mostly turned out all the time and then come back to soundness fairly quickly. I don't know if this makes a difference, but our horse likes to play (a lot). This would most definitely be cheaper but my trainer said that this would delay his recovery and would not be the best route of recovery either.

Our trainer has offered to take him back from us and give us a some of him back. Unfortunately, it's very little compared to what we paid for him.

So I'm wondering:
1. Should we put him out to pasture for some time or keep him in his stall (I think he's about to kill himself though)?

2. Should we give him back even though we would get very little back and it would be a rather large loss? (I really don't want to, but financial issues)

3. What kind of management would this injury need after he recovers (if we keep him)?

If you could try to answer one of these questions that would be great! I know that I should talk to my parents about this, but I was wondering if any of you had any advice! Thank you! (Sorry that this is so long)

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Another member, Simpatico or was that Zimpatico? She has dealt with a pretty severe suspensory injury. Perhaps you should conact her and ask her about the treatment and prognosis.
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Giving/selling a horse with soundness issues does not necessarily bode well for the horse's future...

What did the vet advise in regards to treatment and turnout? Those are the guidelines you should be following, as no two suspensory injuries are alike. If you can't recall what he said, call him.

I dealt with a quarter-sized tear behind the left front knee on a horse of mine. I was using a different vet at the time, and he recommended a course of Legend (or was it Adequan? Don't remember) and four months of turnout. This did seem to work for my horse, but I would probably do things differently now, and be more proactive about treatment.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-28-2011, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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What do you mean more "proactive? Sorry I'm slightly confused. We were planning on turning him out for a about half a year. Our vet hasn't talked to us about any medical treatments. I think we need to have a sit down with him.

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What did the vet advise in regards to treatment and turnout? Those are the guidelines you should be following, as no two suspensory injuries are alike. If you can't recall what he said, call him.
Ding ding ding. We have a winner!

Can not tell you the best treatment for your horse.


It is hard to believe the vet did not go over treatment options with you. Were you not there when the vet did the diagnostics? Do you have no paper work from the vet visit?
My vet writes out the treatment plan write on the receipt. They even did this back in the day when they had to actually write it all.

If you do not know what the vet suggested for your horse do call him and find out.

By more proactive treatment I am guessing Bubba means things like IRAP, etc.

Call your vet and ask what your treatment options are.
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I would STRONGLY recommend finding another vet for a second opinion. There is a long list of things that need to be done for his care, detailed best course of action, and treatment options. I personally do not recommend turning him out for 6-12 months and hoping for the best. The chances for reinjury are extremely high, and likely that it will take a very long time to heal with a weak ligament as a result.

Do you have the ultrasound images from the vet exam? Do you know the exact location and size of the tear? There is a lot that can be done, but you need to have a vet with you every step of the way through the process, and you have to be committed to his recovery. It's certainly not a career ending injury if managed properly.

You can search through my old threads from the last six months to see what we did, and you can check out the July issue of Equus for an article on the treatment that we chose.

You certainly don't need to give up on him, sell him, or just throw him out to pasture.

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I would STRONGLY recommend finding another vet for a second opinion.
I am not seeing the communication issue here as the vet doing wrong.

The OP has basically said she has no idea what the vet recommended. Until we know why that is (that the OP was not there maybe) it is hard to point a finger at the vet.
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I am not seeing the communication issue here as the vet doing wrong.

The OP has basically said she has no idea what the vet recommended. Until we know why that is (that the OP was not there maybe) it is hard to point a finger at the vet.
Sorry, wasn't meaning to blame the vet. Just going off the statement that the vet gave them NO treatment options...

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I totally agree, if the vet did not lay out a treatment plan (after discussing all the options and the owner picking their route) then it is time to get a new vet.
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I'm guessing it might be a siuation where the local vet doesn't have the capability to do SWT, PRP, or stem cell, so maybe they didn't recommend any of these?? If so, my first thing to do would be call a vet from a larger clinic that has greater treatment abilities.

On a side note, I don't mean to be rude, but if the boarding costs are reasonable when you're riding, why would that become an issue while he's injured or rehabbing?? Proper care at a good quality facility is MORE important now than ever.

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