Talk to me about suspensory injuries, stall rest, etc...
So, the vet did an ultrasound on Zee's leg yesterday and found a very small tear in his suspensory, right at the split in the ligament (about three inches below the knee). He will remain on stall rest, with 10 minute gentle handwalking every day, and standing wraps at night. We have a follow up ultrasound in 60 days to see how he's coming along.
Our two options, in addition to basic rest, are shock wave therapy and stem cell injections. I am waiting for the full report and treament details (including estimated costs) to be faxed over to me. Has anyone tried either of these therapies?
Also, I'd love any suggestions for helping him deal with the stall rest. At his age, I worry about his overall physical condition, his joints, gaining weight, ulcers, colic, and all the other fun stuff that comes with stall rest. I'm looking at adding SmartRepair and SmartCalm to his supplement routine, and reducing his Purina Sr. grain by a pound a day (reduce half pound in am, half pound in pm). I believe he's currently getting 3.5 lbs at each feeding.
I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.