Deep Digital injury and rehab
I know this has been a somewhat common topic but after I searched I found nothing quite the same. My 4 year old gelding injured his ddft high on the left front. At first we thought it was a heel injury. He would head bob at the trot but still track up fine. The head bob was slow but very pronounced. On the lounge to the right he would head bob a little but not as bad as under saddle. We soaked the foot thinking it may be an abscess but had the vet out a couple days later. The ultrasound showed some disorganization but the vet classified it as a strain. We put him on stall rest doing 2 treatments of shock wave and 6 weeks stall rest. During stall rest we had to do a lot of hand walking because he was becoming too wound up in the stall. Often he would be seen rearing up and spinning etc. Next we started walking under saddle and low doses of Dormosedan gel, this was increased to trotting slow strait line. 8 weeks after injury was had another ultrasound which showed scar tissue and the vet cleared him to gradually get back to work.
I know this is a minor injury as far as DDFT injuries go but I am wondering if anyone else has rehabed a horse similar to this. I have been following vets orders but still worry about a reinjury everytime I ride.
Right now we are doing light walk and trot work, some shoulder in at the walk adn transitions. He is ridden often 5 days a week for short periods of time (15 - 20) mins this is mostly because it is too wet to turn him out. He is doing really well, not sore, head bobbing etc. I want to step up his workouts a little without stressing him. Prior to the injury he was schooling second level and we had just started putting changes on him. It has been about 10 weeks since the original injury.