At the end of March, my lease mare came up intermittently lame. Some rides would be normal, some rides she’d be off left front. We thought maybe abscess as she’s been prone but when nothing came out from a soak after two days we had the vet out. Did blocks and ultrasound and found a strain - no tearing, and vet was very optimistic. She had us do immediate turn-out in our medical paddock as this mare doesn’t do well out of work/no mental stimulation, and start with 5 minutes of hand walk and we planned from there. We worked our way up to 45 minutes of tack walking and mare was an excellent patient, even if mentally she was a housefire. (Now treating for ulcers, currently middle of 30 days of Gastrogard, will be tapering to half tube and then quarter tube.)
Did three rounds of shockwave and a recheck ultrasound the beginning of this month and my vet was very surprised to see how well it had already healed. Still there and the ligament is not as tight as the opposite leg, but overall responding well to rest and the shockwave. We were instructed to do same length rides but incorporate 2 minutes total of trot for two weeks and then increase 5 minutes a week from there and keep in touch with her to change as needed. Our vet stated it is common to notice a backslide somewhere in this time, and to back off if mare seemed sore.
Mare has been doing well until this week. I don’t think anyone else would notice if they didn’t spend six days a week around her like me, especially since at the trot she is not lame either to my eye or to feel when I’m riding. (I am however, overly cautious since she had good days before diagnosis/treatment.) I am noticing that she is resting her RH and pointing the LF that has the strain. She commonly rests that limb but only when truly relaxed in the crossties. Yesterday and today I noticed she won’t stay off it even if I stand her square for a minute, and rested it under saddle and when I stopped to speak with my BO, which is very unlike her. Otherwise no remarkable behavior.
I have never dealt with suspensory rehab before and I’m looking for others to detail their experience with setbacks or common things that happen during this time. OR if someone would suggest looking at other issues. I spoke with my vet who instructed us to start over and step down to walk until next week and then 2 minutes of trot again.
For context, mare had hocks injected for the first time less than a year ago, and SI injected the beginning of this year.