My horse was diagnosed with a strained LH suspensory upon ultrasound and vet recommended 1 month of limited turn out and wrapping/sweating the leg every night along with ride walking (horse is better behaved).
After one week of being in a small panel paddock and in his stall at night, my horse (who has been on 24/7 turnout) had turned into a nightmare. Pacing, leaping and jumping around, etc. BO and myself felt horse was putting more strain on his leg…so we turned him back out into his flat (and still relatively small) 24/7 turnout. He’s been out quietly in his solo turnout the past couple of days but I can’t help but to feel bad about not listening to the vet.
When this horse had bad hind suspensory lesions back in '09-'10 it was a constant battle with him on the months of stall rest. We tried long term sedatives (reserpine, ace, etc.) without much luck at all. Now that he is a fit horse, things are only worse this time.
Horse was quiet as soon as he got back to his regular turnout and has been since. Am I horrible to not be listening to his vet? And to be bringing him in to sweat his leg? We just feel that when he was leaping around so much that he was negating any positive affects the sweating may have had.
So are there times when you just prescribe turnout and some time off of work to a horse with a strained tendon? I feel like I should be doing something but he just seems like he’ll be worsening things if I do do anything…
Would you try to see if he’d stay calm with coming in at night to sweat his leg and then go back out in his regular turnout during the day? Or would any of you sweat his leg and let him stay out (I know, I know…)? TIA. :sadsmile: