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On The Bright Side 05-14-2011 10:51 PM

Suspensory Injuries- Do they come back?
I've been taking a look at a few horses and inquired in them. Last week, I talked to one of the owners who said her horse had a suspensory injury and was out of work for about a year. He had been doing training level eventing, and has gotten back into work for about a month or two now. Apparently, they are planning on bringing him back into jumping very soon and after this year they think he will be able to go back to training level and move along again. I heard that after a horse gets this injury, it is likely that it can come back if the same amount of work is being done. So my question is, what would happen if I were to event this horse at beginner novice this year and then work him back up to his previous level before he got the injury? Should I stay away from this horse?

On The Bright Side 05-15-2011 09:11 PM

Bump! Need responses :)

JustDressageIt 05-15-2011 09:19 PM

Once something is injured, it can become prone to re-injury, unfortunately. Some injuries come back, some don't. It has nothing to do with "going to the same level that the injury was sustained at" but rather how well the injury has healed. A horse can have a suspensory injury, heal well from it, and continue on well past the training point where it was when it sustained the injury.
I personally would not pass up a horse with a previous suspensory injury if that's the only black mark against the horse, however I would have a vet do a thorough PPE and an ultrasound to see how the injury has healed. I will say though that you have to understand that this is something you would have to disclose to potential buyers if you are ever to sell the horse, and keep in mind that it can be a deterrent. I personally would be more inclined to buy a horse with a previous suspensory if it was a mare with broodie potential.

On The Bright Side 05-15-2011 09:37 PM

Okay, that makes sense to me. It actually isn't a mare, so I will see how it goes with a horse that I am going back to see a third time, before I take a look at a new horse. Thank you!!

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