Description: A strain of the suspensory ligament, which supports the fetlock and protects it from hyperextension (i.e. dropping too low) during exercise. Strained-Suspensory

 

Cause: Strain from working in deep footing, fatigue, low heels and long toes, hyperextension or improper training.

 

Treatment: Stall rest, cold hosing to reduce inflammation, stable bandages for support, anti-inflammatory drugs. Extra-corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)

 

Prognosis: In severe cases a horse can damage both the digital flexor tendon and suspensory ligaments.  Severe suspensory injuries require a year of rehab and the horse will only be suitable for light pleasure riding, (with ESWT, prognosis is much better for full recovery).  Minor strains, tears, or lesions in the suspensory can be successfully rehabilitated in three to nine months depending on the severity of the tear. Once healed most horses will be able to return to racing or most types of riding.

 

 

New Vocations Graduates Who Sustained This Injury While Racing

 

Registered Name: Saratoga Steve Saratoga-Steve1

Breed: Thoroughbred

Age: 2006

Race Starts: 20

Last Race: 7/29/11

Date of Injury: 2011

Total Rehab Time: Sustained a strained suspensory in 2011 & was fully rehabbed at New Vocations before starting his under saddle retraining in the program and adopted later that year.

Date Adopted:10/17/11

Current Discipline: Hunter/Jumpers

Comments: Saratoga Steve now successfully competes in the 3ft and up hunter/jumper show ring. He is a highly athletic and talented jumper and because his adopter took the time to bring him along slowly in his jump training, Saratoga Steve will have no limitations in his future. He has been cleared by the vet for all disciplines.

 

 

Registered Name: Bindle Stick Bindlestick

Breed: Thoroughbred

Age: 2006

Race Starts: 40

Last Race: 5/13/12

Date of Injury: 2012

Total Rehab Time: Sustained a strained suspensory to his right hind leg in 2012 & was fully rehabbed at New Vocations before starting his under saddle retraining in the program and adopted in early 2013.

Date Adopted: 1/17/13

Current Discipline: Hunter/Jumpers

Comments: Bindle Stick aka Elvis now successfully competes with his young adopter in the 3’6″ hunter/jumper show ring and the duo are also New Vocations Ambassadors who help the program promote retired racehorses in second careers. Bindle Stick has a bright and athletic future ahead of him because his adopter took the time to bring him along correctly and slowly in his jump training. He has been cleared by the vet for all disciplines.


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