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Suspensory Ligament Problems ?
Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on this type of injury ! I was recently contacted to take an off the track 3 year old Standardbred filly who had a suspensory problem in her right hind leg. Now, i don't know much about this type of injury, so i figured someone here might be able to help! The vet altrasounded her leg and said she is about 98 -100% sound. I am wondering if, even though she is sound now, will she be able to hold up being ridden ? Even though this horse is being given to me i just want to be sure I will still have s sound horse 6+ years down the road! Any input would be great! Thanks!
Neen there, done that. Your vet will be able to US and tell you how extensive the damage is. It will be a weak spot from here on, so you will have to be a touch more careful with the types of activities you are going to do. Another problem thar can crop up is resale- some people will hear 'suspensory' and run. Is it treatable and manageable? Oh yes. Is it limiting? Depends on the severity and how it healed.
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I completely agree with Charis it depends on the severity. My old horse was retired because of a soft tissue injury. It was a susponsory injury, a 10% tear, it became a weak point and a reuccuring problem. The other tendons and ligaments also became a problem which lead to his retirement. I personally now shy away from soft tissue problems. It also depends on the workload the horse will be doing and how on top of maintaining it you are.
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