So about a year and a half ago, my horse strained his suspensory to his hind leg. We had purchased him 2 months before this happened (suspicious since the lady blew us off!) and he was going to be my 3 foot jumper horse. Well we gave him 2 months stall rest, and then slowly brought him back into work in mid september. It was just walking up and down the aisle, then to lunging, then under saddle. It was slow but he's recovered and completely sound. He has never had heat or been sore. I have tried selling him, (currently add posted in class section) but no one wants to buy him! Saddest thing too, cause he is the greatest, sweetest horse I've ever met. I would like a non jumping home to buy him, so that I don't ever cause something like that to even think of happening again. But since no one has bought him, I am tempted to start jumping. I have heard of many stories where eventers have completely torn their suspensory and come back fine. Anyone with experience, or suggestions?
Yes, I'd ask your vet first. But I know of a bunch of horses that have actually torn their suspensory, not just strained it, and were jumping fine, so it shouldn't be a problem. But definitely ask your vet first. :)
You need to have an ultrasound done to see if the strain has completely healed. When you look at the ultrasound there will probably be a white mark where there is scar tissue. As far as I know once a strain heals they can continue with regular work...under the advice that it could strain easier the 2nd time around because that scar tissue is there. Scar tissue is not as elastic as regular tissue and therefore can "pop" easier. I don't know your financial situation but there are a few things you can do like stem-cell treatments.
We had a horse that tore his suspersory. He was on stall rest for 3 months and started back slowly. We sold him shortly after he was back into the swing of things. We had a leg specialist ultrasound his leg prior to the new owners purchasing him. The vet is very good and the buyers had worked with him before. He told them that it was completly healed and it was nothing to worry about, so everything worked our in our case.