I recently got a horse who arrived with a torn check ligament (happened between me trying/buying him and him being delivered, seller refuses to take him back, I did buy him without a PPE - lesson learned)
The vet ultra sounded and found that he had torn scar tissue in his front left check ligament (had check ligament desmotomies done to both front legs as a yearling)
Vet prescribed stall rest if he would tolerate it, or turnout in the very small paddock that we have behind the barn if not. Well he stall walks constantly (we did try ace pills and it did not change) so is now turned out in the barn yard (he just stands and eats hay and walks to the water buckets, no running) and comes in for AM/PM feeding and put back out. We are also applying surpass once daily to the leg (there has not been any visible change in swelling) and have him on Smart Pak’s Rehab supplement.
Vet is confident that he will be able to do whatever I want to do in the future, as long as I take the time to bring hum back to work. We are 2 weeks into treating the leg and will be re-ultrasounding in 2 more weeks.
Does anybody have experience and could share what additional things I may be able to do to help him rehab well! Are Back On Track wraps worth the money for this type of injury? Is heat or cold the better method? There is no heat in the leg, just localized swelling and tenderness when palpated.
Is it worth spending the money on other treatments like shockwave or PRP if this horse will most likely be not be jumping and will be doing flat work and trail riding?
Any help is greatly appreciated!!!