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post #21 of 29 Old 04-26-2013, 08:18 PM
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I'm not experienced with suspensory injuries but I can relate. Two years ago my TB tore the ligament on the inside of his right hock. He was on three legs. I had an ultrasound and that's how we found the tear. The vet told me I was lucky he didn't snap his leg in half. There was nothing they could do for him except manage his pain. The ligament had to heal on its own. He was put on stall rest and could only be hand walked for ten minutes a day. We didn't know if he'd come back from it. At about five months of stall rest, he started willingly putting weight on it for short periods of time. At seven months, he was standing and moving about his stall normally. At eight months, he was walking without compensating. Keep in mind this is eight months of stall rest with only ten minutes of hand walking a day. He went for an ultrasound at nine months and I got the go a head to start upping is walk time. At month 10 he was hand walking for an hour twice a day. He went in for another ultrasound. We then started tack walking for fifteen minutes twice a day. At a full year, he was ready to get the ultrasound to see if I could start trotting him. It was a year and eight months before he was back to regular work. No one would ever know he was injured if you saw him today. It comes down to lots of patience and diligence in their recovery. So don't lose hope!
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post #22 of 29 Old 04-27-2013, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Report from yesterday. I didn't get a chance to write things out due to a 2 hour riding lesson on the horse I am showing in a week in Cinny's place, and then an accident I had while trying out a horse I may start riding to keep my seat while Cnny heels (no didn't fall off the horse, I was trying to mount a big black Perch and the mounting block tilted causing me to do a slippy slidy back tuck onto my rear on top of the side of the mounting block).

Limping is back
no heat
Mushy above his ankle at the bottom end of his suspensory ligament, but not a lot of swelling.
He is in good spirits even though his stall buddy is gone to a show for the weekend. No signs of him getting stall crazy yet.
He is putting weight on it and in his stall it seems nothing is wrong. He just limps a little walking to the cross ties, just looks like he picked up a stone or something.

I wrapped a cool ice wrap on his leg that my trainer loaned me and then gave him a nice long grooming. Took the pack off, gave him lunch and kisses.
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post #23 of 29 Old 04-29-2013, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Limp has been gone for 2 days now with only BL Pellets. Mushy area is now solid. Tendon is straight and smooth and mirrors his other leg. He is standing normally on the foot and his ankles are the same height and his bad one does NOT dip down when he walks. To watch him walk you wouldn't think he was lame at all. Yay.

He is in great spirits even though the other horse that doesn't get turnout is gone for a week so he is by himself. Each day when I arrive he appears to be snoozing. I can also tell he has been laying down in his stall to sleep at night which pleases me as I know he is really resting that leg.

I think the worst part is over.
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post #24 of 29 Old 04-29-2013, 03:02 PM
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Like others you really need an ultrasound to confirm the extent of the damage
We went through this with our ID Willow last year - still no idea what she did but must have been done in the field as she went out fine and came in hobbling
She spent a lot of last summer on box rest which she fortunately doesn't mind (actually enjoys the attention of someone going over to check on her and give her a cookie - she feels special)
The best improvement we saw in her - and she was far worse than your one looks - was when we used Back on Track Wraps as suggested by our Vets daughter who had used them on a dressage horse she had that injured itself
I rode her a few times very lightly at the start of the winter and she was fine, she's had the winter off but turned out daily on whatever the weather threw at us and no sign of any problem recurring so she'll be back in light work any time now.
The biggest mistake people make is to be in too big a rush to get them back in the field/back into work
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post #25 of 29 Old 04-29-2013, 03:08 PM
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I'd ultrasound him. If it turns out to be a minor injury the poor guy won't be stuck on stall rest for an eternity and if it's otherwise, you'll know for sure and it'll also show how best to treat it.

Make sure he has tons and tons of cushy shavings, they seem to promote lying down and snoozing the day away!
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post #26 of 29 Old 04-29-2013, 04:28 PM
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Stan, at the grand old age or 18, put a huge hole in both his suspensory and check ligament.
I'm 45mins from one of the best equine hospitals in the UK and even they were not convinced he would ever be ridable again, infact they were fairly sure he would never be sound again.
We tried stem cell therapy but the cells taken from him failed to divide (age probably a cause), we tried ultra sound therapy, and laser therapy. I had him on so many suppliments to try and fix it.

6 months box rest and then turned away with a quiet companion for the best part of a year. During the 6 months box rest the leg was Iced (ice bandages) for 20 mins 5 times a day. He was on global herbs tendoneze the entire time.

He came sound and eventualy came back into full work, although he never jumped again. But I followed the Rehab program too the second, if the vet said 5 mins, the pony got exactly 5 mins walk not a second more or less.

It takes time and dedication but it can be done. Time is the worlds best healer

ETA - GET an ultrsound. It is essential to see where the problem is, what the size of the problem is and you need regular ones to see the progress
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post #27 of 29 Old 04-30-2013, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Yay, my usual vet was able to make it out today and he gave Cinny a full assessment. He is one of the few lamness specialists in my state so I feel like I can really trust his opinion. And this is what it is...

The other vet scared me for no reason. He can find NOTHING wrong with Cinny's tendon or ligaments. or anything really about the hoof that has to do with the leg. phew. He is 90% sure that Cinny merely sprained/strained his heel and with a few more weeks to a month of stall rest should be good to go. He said the only other issue that he might have is if he strained the ligament inside the foot, in which case he will need longer to heel but there isn't really anything you can do about it except rest him.

If he is the same in a month, he will do x-rays and look for navicular changes though he doubts that as Cinny's conformation doesn't make him prone to Navicular disease and he has a very light life.
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post #28 of 29 Old 04-30-2013, 06:22 PM
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Yay that is good news! Hopefully he is better soon :)
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post #29 of 29 Old 04-30-2013, 06:37 PM
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Hoping for the best worked this time, yay Cinny!
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