I’m new to these forums so please bear with me if there is anything glaringly stupid about this post.
I have a 6 year old, 18hh (yes, really) OTTB gelding. He came to me with a very very weak, toe-dragging left hind, due to an old curb on that limb which was not properly rehabbed (an injury sustained on the track). With targeted exercise and IRAP he has made huge improvements over the last year or so, but we have kind of reached a point of diminishing returns with that approach. The horse is still weak and lazy with his left hind, and still has occasional flare-ups in his curb that take him out of work for 2-3 weeks.
My vet, after talking with some other vets who were experienced with curbs, suggested I try freeze-firing it… apparently that is one of the only treatment options for long plantar ligament strains. So, he had the procedure done on Friday (5 days ago). He has been walking normally since Saturday, and there is very little swelling (almost not even discernible). No sensitivity on palpation.
My question is this: what exactly should his recovery protocol be for something like this? The vet who did the procedure gave me instructions for an acute case (as in, a horse being freeze fired right after the initial injury) but wasn’t sure what to tell me for my horse as his is a chronic case. My own vet suggested 3 weeks off followed by a 6 week return to normal work, but by his own admission he is not super familiar with the procedure.
Anyone out there have experience with a similar situation? Any help or information would be very much appreciated
Thanks in advance!