Nov. 8, 2011, 01:11 PM
My horse had it, but because of the circumstances, I am not sure how much help I can offer--plus it was probably about twelve years ago.
My horse, who was about 6 years old at the time, suffered a rather catastrophic punctured tendon sheath, and the ensuing scar tissue from the surgeries crowded out his tendons and ligaments so badly, he could hardly use the leg at all. The check ligament was done essentially to stretch out the big rubber band (as I call it) to get him enough mobility on the leg. Recovery time was about one month in the stall, then gradually increasing handwalking, etc., and I think he finally got back out at about 4 months. (hoping my failing memory is holding up alright)
I think it was a success. He made it back to servicably sound, and although he is now retired, he doesn't have a clue he is lame :)