suspensory injury

Discussion in 'Problem Horses' started by ashlee, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. ashlee

    ashlee Active Member


    just helping out a friend on this one..

    she took on a ex pacer about 6 months ago that had just done a suspensory in the near front.

    now she is starting to bring him back into light work... but what type of light work would you start off with him?

    i have had horses that have done tendons but a suspensory is worse isnt it??

    Also will he ever be able to do a little jumping down the track?? say like 12- 24 months NOTHING TO BIG
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  2. TopstockWA

    TopstockWA New Member

    When it comes to injuries I recommend before you get any advice or opinions ensure you know who the person is giving the advice and their qualifications - espeically when it comes to medical issues.

    Any person should know all of the specifics of the injury and have all of the medical information before giving you advice - otherwise it is just guess work.

    I am aware that Saltriver specialise in rehabilitation work and that Kellie Stewart has done a lot of work with tendons etc and is a former vet nurse. There is a horse there at the moment who is undergoing rehabilitation from a tendon injury caused from jumping.

    You can check out the website which is or call them on 95740425.
  3. kp

    kp Well-known Member

    As top stock has said more info is required.

    I am assuming it is a front leg injury. Was it one branch, both branches, did it involve the main body. This horse may or may not be fine for jumping. You are correct that suspensories can be worse than tendons. They tend to be slower healing and contain more nerve endings which make them more painful.

    To begin with your friend would be wise to start with ground work and go from there. Half turn on forehand and haunches, rein back. Try to teach some of the ridden cues from the ground. Next I would start with long reining (assuming your friend knows how to do this). Try to avoid small circles and tight lines to begin with. The whole point being to build the horses balance and strength before having a rider on board.

    Again once being ridden introduce small circles and any lateral walk at trot not very quickly. Pay attention to surface also. You don't want to boggy or uneven. Basically stick to. If circles and straight lines. Introducing full circles slowly. I.e half circle followed by straight line and another half circle.

    I wouldn't use any support boot as I like these horses to strengthen the area. The only way this is possible is by using it. Support boots don't allow this, and are also generally hot.

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