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looking for support, possible suspensory rehab setback :(

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  • #21
    Koniucha- Yes!! Smartpak does indeed sell these. If you are happy with your current joint supplement you can opt for SmartTendon which is only $23-24 a month. If you compare your joint supplement with SmartFlex Rehab from Smartpak and its different I would the Rehab. Rehab has higher contents of the tendon supplements than SmartTendon has!

    DQ1 - I am sure there are other products out there. Just look up the ingredients in SmartTendon or SmartFlex Rehab and see what's out there!

    I will preface this all by saying that every horse is different and absorbs them differently, but for my guy it made a big difference and 4 month from an injury I was told would be months of stall rest, I have completed the flat part of rehabbing and have started jumping him this month!
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    • #22
      Originally posted by mvp View Post
      What are they sewing together up in there? As vets tried to show me (when my horse actually didn't have a high suspensory injury at all) was that it's way, way up high and near the bone. You have to flex the leg and scoot the now loose flexors over in order to feel that part of the suspensory.

      With your versions "high suspensory tear behind" are we talking about the same bit of anatomy? If so, you can't sew ligament onto bone, so what are the surgeons doing?
      Typically the surgery involves splitting the fascia surrounding the ligament, removing adhesions and may also include cutting the nerve that supplies the upper suspensory.
      Last edited by grayarabpony; Mar. 4, 2013, 08:17 AM.


      • #23
        So sorry to hear about your horse. We have had some amazing results rehabbing suspensory injuries, using cold laser and game ready protocols.Check out our Facebook page or web site for info.
        Mid-'Atlantic Equine Rehab Center. Always remember that once a horse has been on stall rest for a specific injury , they usually come up with compensatory issues afterwards. Always look at the whole horse. Don't just fixate on the obvious.


        • #24
          I'll just toss it out there that I would never permit anyone to inject steroids into a ligament or tendon on my horse. My horse pulled a suspensory not long after I got him, and it has been speculated that his racing owner had injected the suspensory to keep racing him.

          A friend's horse had a tendon injected with a steroid - it completely ruined the tendon, which the horse has now blown at least three times (she is on her third round of rehab now, just to get the horse possibly sound for light trails).

          It's on my list of things I would just never, ever do.

          I used shockwave on my horse's (front) suspensory injury with great success.

          Good luck and hang in there!


          • Original Poster

            Well what a turn of events I have had! I had a third vet come look at my horse, he looked at the whole body, not just the suspensory. Long story short, we ended up blocking her stifle on the same leg. First time I have seen my horse sound in weeks! I also know of someone else's horse who had a suspensory problem followed by a stifle injury and now they're not even sure which actually came first. The vet comes back on tuesday and I'll see what I need to do from there. I am so glad I followed my gut and didn't just take my horse straight in to surgery. I just knew there was something else going on. We probably still have a long road ahead but at least I've gotten an answer.


            • #26
              So glad to hear that you followed your gut on this one.