Non-surgical options for treating chronic suspensory inflammation?
Short version of the story is my mare was diagnosed in the spring with a strained high suspensory in her right hind- clean on ultrasound, no pain on palpation, but short on that leg and mostly resolved by blocking the high suspensory. We went through two months of stall rest, another month mostly turned out due to her doing some other odd things (huge spider bite right at the girth, bruising the inside of her cannon bone), and then gradually put her back into work last fall. She was okay for the first two months or so, and then gradually became more reluctant to trot off and eventually uneven. Took her back to the vet and yep, she blocked to that high suspensory again :(.
They are recommending surgery, which is a bit beyond my budget at this point, but she's just turning 6 this year and I hate for her to be nothing but a pasture ornament for the next 20 years, so I am looking at trying to save the money for the surgery but I wanted to get some feedback from others on what their experiences had been with this type of injury. Has anyone had luck treating this type of chronic inflammation in the high suspensory with anything other than surgery? What did you do? And for those of you who did do the surgery, are you happy with the results? How far out is your horse/how are they doing? Anything you wish you had known before doing the surgery?
At this point she is happily turned out, barefoot, on about an acre pasture, which is as confined as I can get her at our current barn with their setup and her personality (she tolerates stall rest just fine as long as she has a buddy, but no one's volunteering their horse to stay in with her, so....), and has a round bale to eat to minimize the moving around she does, hopefully. It helps that she doesn't typically play hard- about the most she'll do is trot or canter once across the pasture. She is out during the day and in her stall overnight, and I have been putting Surpass on that leg for the past two weeks or so since bringing her back from the vet, always in the evenings after she comes in for the night.