My friend, who happens to be the BO where I keep my horse at, has a 16ish year old gelding. A few months ago he came in from turn out one morning with a swollen front left lower leg. After she tried home remedy treatment for something minor, and it hadn’t gotten better, she decided to have the vet out. Without xrays or much else (vet’s decision not hers) the vet concluded that Sarge had ruptured his suspensory ligament.
Sarge had been in super light training, 1 ride a week for 10-15 minutes. I had been the one riding him. We were working on barn sour issues with him.
Does suspensory really fit as a pasture injury? He wasn’t dead dog lame until 2 weeks after the diagnosis. Just swollen. The heat comes and goes, and the swelling travels down into his ankle and back up again.
My main concern is that the vet gave her no direction on keeping him comfortable, or any advice on how to support the recovery process. He just said to give Sarge 8-12 months off and to turn him out as usual.
In the roughly two months since diagnosis he has gone from being stupid in the pasture galloping around, to dog lame, back to stupid, to normal and calm, and lame again. Last week we discovered two abscesses in the lame leg’s hoof & one super hot abscess in his rear right. He also has weird sores on the front of his lame leg’s ankle. Vet says “summer sores” but they almost look reminiscent of an abscess drainage, but through the ankle?!?
Anyways, any suggestions on keeping this sweet guy comfortable? When he goes super lame it breaks our hearts, and to not be given any suggestions on supportive therapy really doesn’t sit well with me.
The whole diagnosis seems fishy. I just can’t fathom a suspensory injury in a horse playing around in a huge open field…but I guess stranger things have happened.
He will most likely not go back to being ridden after this. The vet said “we won’t know until the 8 months are up” but at this rate of heat and swelling travel, and the abscesses and just general misery he seems to be in (he’s so depressed)…we are going to try and find him a long term pasture mate type living situation…
in the mean time…
insight? suggestions on how to help him? Bute helps a little when he goes really lame, but we don’t want to load him up on it and have him create more injury because he “feels good”