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post #1 of 3 Old 03-24-2020, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hind suspensory support

My 22 year old mare was diagnosed with cushings disease. With that the vet said her suspensory ligaments looked quite large and her fetlocks are dropped slightly. We just put her on medication and the vet said it should help with that but I understand that the dropped fetlocks are probably DSLD. I talked with my vet and she thinks riding on trails or in the backyard will be completely fine. She did recommend the hind ironclads suspensory support boots. I want to get some people’s opinions on them before I spend 75 dollars on them. I have read from reviews that they were amazing for support but I have also read that boots cannot offer support or anything. So I’m in a rut. I am more inclined to my vets opinion but I would like some others to base off of!
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-25-2020, 01:40 AM
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Unfortunately I have no advice for suspensory support, but I am currently dealing with DSLD in one of my horses which was diagnosed last April. So I'll give some advice on how I've been dealing with that so far. First, I wanted to say that I'm sorry you and your horse are going through this. I personally know how tough it can be.

I've never heard of the ironclads suspensory support boots, but am curious about them too! I have heard of using SMB boots and while I could see them being beneficial to some extent, I don't think they would offer much support, and they would not be able to be used for a longer time. They may help a minuscule amount for more comfort during your trail ride though.

When I had a specialist down, he had recommended shoes with extended trailers to help support the ligament. Apparently, some of his clients have had a bit of success with them. I'm not sure the technicalities behind how that would work, but mabye someone else here would. I decided not to go with them though because the farriers that I've known in my area don't do well balanced trims to begin with and I also wasn't sure how my horse would fare by having to hold himself up in the back longer in order to put shoes on again.

One thing that did seem to help, at least for the short-term has been shock wave therapy; however, It is quite expensive to do as a frequent treatment here. The cheapest I could get it for was $176 CAD per leg (we did both hinds) and you need to do 3 treatments 2 weeks apart. The other thing that has helped a bit are the Back On Track quick wraps.

The biggest thing I've found that helps is being aware of the footing. Deep footing and even muddy or soft ground forces the suspensory ligament to work harder. Avoiding those types of footing can be a big challenge when it comes to maintenance, especially if you live in a wet climate.

Another thing you may want to look into is Dr. Kellon's recommended diet.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-25-2020, 10:11 AM
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Boots can't support the kind of forces acting on soft tissues in a single leg. The wrap around SMB style boot (which I believe the Iconclads are) are the only style I've seen studies on that can influence the ROM of the fetlock, but the effect was minimal and likely not worth the trade off of the heat held in by the boot. You'd be better served to save the money, spend time doing slow, gradual work on good footing.
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