My horse is a 14 year old OTTB. Diagnosed with chronic proximal suspensory desmitis in December of 2018.
In the 3 years since diagnosis, he had shockwave 4 times. I consulted with Dr. Carol Gillis. I brought him back sound and he has times where he becomes NQR. I have done rounds of Adequan. I have iraped his hocks and his right stifle. I have injected his SI 2-3 times. He has a specialist farrier and gets chiropracted. He wore special suspensory shoes for months. He’s been on muscle relaxers and equioxx and had periods of stall rest. I have iced, poulticed and clear-leg painted him so many times I can’t tell you how many 10-lb buckets of poultice I’ve been through. His suspensory remained cool and tight for the last 3 years.
Workload was flat only, but working consistently in a frame. Leg yields, shoulder-ins, lengthening and some trot poles. No jumping at all since diagnosis.
The suspensory is now spongey again. He’s incredibly sore in his SI and both his stifles are filled and sore. I’ve x-rayed his stifles, and there’s nothing significant about them. He tries really hard to be straight and in a frame riding but he just can’t hold it. He gets upset when I ask him to work and I know he really hurts. He is a very cuddly and sweet boy.
Yesterday my vet examined him. She said we’ve been chasing and bandaging this for as long as we can, and ultimately the primary injury is his proximal suspensory and is causing him to be sore every where else.
She said we can do surgery: fasciotomy and neurectomy. He doesn’t have dropped fetlocks at all and she says he’s a candidate. He was 3 years ago when we first diagnosed it. I did consider it at the time.
The other options are retirement. His breeder will take him back. She’s about a 2 hour drive. I’ve had my horse for almost 6 years and he’s got me through a divorce and losing my father to cancer. He’s my best friend.
We can also repeat all the therapies and inject everything, but the cost of that would likely exceed the surgery cost.
What would you do? Did you have success or failure with this procedure? Thanks in advance everyone!