Lacey partially tore/seriously strained her suspensory in late August/early September and I didn't stall her at all (other than her usual in-at-night-ness).
She kept herself low-key, and though it's taken quite a while (as is usual with these sorts of injuries, as you know), she's currently 100% sound. I even even hopped on for a walk around the pasture twice in the last month!
A few people were appalled that I was letting her out, on uneven ground no less! But she's healed just fine.
I think it really probably depends on the horse. My vet said that as long as Lacey kept herself low key and didn't re-injure herself through playing up too much, she was not worried about L's recovery outside of a stall.
The vet's words were "as long as she moves around enough to 'irritate' the injury into healing strongly, while staying still enough to let it heal". She also did not advocate wrapping it beyond wrapping it with an ice pack twice daily+icing it for 15 minutes. She didn't tell me not to wrap it but she didn't tell me TO wrap it.
At the same time, Lacey did not injure herself as badly as Mudpie did and, at 28, we were not hoping for her to recover as well as she has.
That "new" stall does look lovely! Mudpie is a lucky duck!
That's good to know! :) Mudpie gets a lot of pent up energy, and he was occasionally trotting about when he got excited, which is NOT good. The thing with suspensories is that the horse will feel okay and not be lame, and then they'll bounce around and injure it more. That prospect is TERRIFYING for me, especially knowing my crazy boy! This stall is much smaller, and even though it has an outdoor bit, I think it will limit his movement significantly, and it's a major improvement!
I'm hoping for a full, strong recovery, so that we can return to what we were doing. Even if we can never do a lot of jumping, I'd really love to pursue dressage! My trainer believes that he could potentially do at least second level dressage, which I think sounds like as good of a goal as doing training level eventing, if that's no longer an option. She has her USDF Bronze Medal and is going to try to get her USDF Silver Medal this year if possible. :)
Mudpie is only six or seven this year, so he's got a long, hopefully successful career ahead of him, as long as we pull out of this okay!!
And, yes, he is spoiled. We pulled all of those mats from the other side of the property and GOOD GRACIOUS they are HEAVY!! ;)