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Referral Wanted - Suspensory Issue

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  • Referral Wanted - Suspensory Issue

    My mare has come up with some severe suspensory problems (mostly where the ligament goes into the sesamoid bone) on both front ankles (confirmed by MRI). We got a platelet injection and one course of shockwave immediately on both ankles. Now I guess its just lots of time off and a slow rehab.

    Here's my question: we'd like a vet with serious eventing experience to give us a consult on the prognosis and rehab schedule. Our vet is super but his experience is mostly with race horses and not jumping horses. Kent Allen comes to mind. Anyone else out there?

    My mare is 15 and has 4 intermediates and tons of prelims (actually English novices) under her belt. We were moving up to prelim this fall. I'm trying to figure out whether at her age she has a realistic chance to come back and be competitive at training and possibly prelim after her rehab. She has been super, won lots of ribbons (including PHR national championships) and generally been the love of my life (don't worry, my wife is well aware of this) so I don't want to risk her well being. I just don't have a very good handle on the success rate for recovery from something like this. All advice would be welcome. Thanks.

  • #2
    If you're in/near NoVa, Kent Allen is the no-brainer choice or his colleague Susan Johns. Both out of VEI, both excellent, top of the line, work with a ton of eventers. If you're considering a surgical approach, Nat White at Morven has done alot of suspensory surgeries and advised on rehab. Further afield (but still east coast), Christiana Ober, Brendan Furlong are both fantastic.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks GotSpots. I guess I should have said that we are looking for a "paper review;" that is, reviewing the applicable MRI scan pictures, radiologist's report and then, based on their knowledge of this type of injury and experience with event horses, give us an idea of the likely hood of my mare being able to compete again without hurting herself. And, helping with a rehab plan (i.e., how long off, how to come back, etc.). It's all very traumatic and I just don't feel like I have a good handle on things.


      • #4
        Kevin Keane in Pennsylvania


        • #5
          I would second Kevin Keane, he's incredibly good with lameness issues


          • #6
            Peter Blauner in PA is an advanced eventer and a qualified FEI vet for eventing. Check out his website: www.whatsupdocvmd.com


            • #7
              Chris Newton at Rood and Riddle!
              T3DE Pact


              • #8
                Second GotSpots' referrals. I had a horse with bilateral suspensory tears (hind) and Nat White did his surgery, and Kent surpervised his rehab. He's sound and going now (although not yet competing due to TOTALLY unrelated issues...like being kicked in the field...)...
                they told me he could return to his previous level (preliminary) based on their experience.
                The big man -- my lost prince

                The little brother, now my main man


                • #9
                  Dr. Allen does do consults, and his practice has an excellent reputation. I would recommend them highly for something like this.

                  Adams Equine Wellness


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by McVillesMom View Post
                    Dr. Allen does do consults, and his practice has an excellent reputation. I would recommend them highly for something like this.

                    Yep, definitely the best of the best.


                    • #11
                      Nat White at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA is excellent. He gave us a very good and practical plan for rehabbing our horse after suspensory lesions, as well as an accurate prediction of his prognosis.


                      • #12
                        My mare was extensively and painstakingly examined and evaluated by Dr. Jennifer Barrett at Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA just this past Friday for left front suspensory desmitis. Since we are still following her orders (2 months of rest and then re-evaluate) I can't say whether she has succeeded in helping us, but I was very impressed by her thoroughness and intelligence.
                        I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                        I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                        • Original Poster

                          Great recommendations all. Thanks everybody and please keep your fingers crossed for my girl.


                          • #14
                            Dr Kent Allen and Dr Johns both worked on my event horse with kissing spines (didn't know that was the issue when I took him there)

                            They were very professional, helpful, and I didn't feel like I was getting ripped off.

                            Also Dr Johns sat on the phone with me when I cried about his diagnoses.. that's gotta count for something!
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                            • #15
                              Dr. Mike Davis
                              New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center
                              Dover, NH
                              The man is brilliant. I'd give him a call before the others on this list. Although I do love Peter and don't know Chris Newton.
                              Best of luck.
                              Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by FairWeather View Post
                                Kevin Keane in Pennsylvania
                                Easily would be my choice. Hands down. No question about it.

                                I also love Dr. Blauner and think he's a super vet. But for a second opinion on a suspensory issue in an eventing horse-- Dr. Keane. Absolutely. He's a lameness pro. He's an eventer himself. He has great diagnostics. And above all-- he's practical/real. He's going to tell you how it is and what to do and no sugarcoating or wishy-washyness. He's been there many times and he's going to give you an answer.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Meredith Clark View Post
                                  Also Dr Johns sat on the phone with me when I cried about his diagnoses.. that's gotta count for something!
                                  She is such a wonderful vet and person. Both she and Dr. Allen are exceptional at treating and understanding sport horses, particularly upper level event horses.

                                  The same can be said about Dr. Ober and Dr. Furlong.

                                  I would go with either of these practices because they deal almost exclusively with sport horses.


                                  • #18
                                    You've got him!

                                    n: we'd like a vet with serious eventing experience to give us a consult on the prognosis and rehab schedule. Our vet is super but his experience is mostly with race horses and not jumping horses. Kent Allen is the area vet for event horses!
                                    breeder of Mercury!

                                    remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


                                    • #19
                                      take as long as possible

                                      generally, these problems take a few weeks longer than you plan .
                                      breeder of Mercury!

                                      remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Thanks All

                                        MRI scans, radiologist's report, horse history (including BE and USEA competition records), etc. sent to Kent Allen today. Thanks for taking the time to give recommendations - I'm sure I couldn't have gone wrong with any of them. Now the waiting begins.