Hi all - my 14 y/o TB presented recently came up with a very sore right stifle - ultrasound shows a moderate lesion on the medial meniscus (as well as some damage to the patellar ligament). Nothing of concern on x-rays.
We are about a month removed from the initial injury at this point and will be giving him another month of full rest (stalled at night, small paddock during the day.) Our vet has said we should then be able to start walking rehab and will look to start Shockwave, as well as inject polyglycan, about two weeks into that.
Vet feels we’ll have a long, conservative rehab ahead but that if we follow rehab protocols correctly, we should be able to bring him back into work eventually. I’m feeling a bit pessimistic as the only other meniscus injury I’ve ever encountered (a full tear) led to the horse’s immediate retirement as there were no treatment options (and frankly I thought that the meniscus couldn’t really heal without surgery?) I’d love to hear any experiences you may have had with meniscus injuries - this horse does First Level dressage as well as some hunter paces etc so not a hugely demanding job - wondering if anyone on here has brought one back to a similar workload. Many thanks in advance!