My 8yo Arab was diagnosed with a moderate (3/5) high suspensory lesion in January. She was put on strict stall rest with daily hand walking. A recheck ultrasound in May showed about 90% healing, and some calcification on a “blind splint.”
The vets did not think this was an issue and gave me instructions to rehab the mare. They also feel that she will not be limited as an endurance horse, and even said I could start her back racing this fall.
But I’m not sure they know how taxing endurance can be? They’re maybe thinking “trail horse” rather than FEI eventer? I’m so worried about reinjuring her leg.
Anybody out there with advice, or experience?
My mare is HOT. Ever since her injury, when I ride her, it’s in a bit and running martingale b/c she likes to jump around and that’s the easiest way to keep her on the ground (so she doesn’t reinjure herself). So she gets mad and plays with the bit, sometimes nodding her head. I can’t tell if she is nodding / slightly lame, versus nodding just because she’s playing with the bit. But it seems like most often she is nodding the same way as when she was lame.
She doesn’t seem off when lunged, but she counterbends so badly and seems so stiff it’s hard to tell. I’m thinking about getting body work done in case the stiffness is from all the layup rest and inability for her to move. She’s in a paddock now.
My funds are limited. I can do one of these things a month: Body work / chiropractic, vs another trip to her vet for follow up ultrasound / x rays.
What do you all think??? Is there a chance she’ll be totally sound for endurance again?