Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many
articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse
Here he reproduces
in the form of questions and answers about 100 topics, all of
them common problems which afflict horses.
Topics click on Vet Advice Menu.
Q: My nine-year-old TBx mare has proximal suspensory desmitis (inflammation
of the proximal suspensory ligament). As the prognoses was poor
if left untreated, my mare underwent an operation, which was successful.
My vet has
advised me to start riding again, but how much, and what type of
work should I do with her? Also would boots or exercise bandages
help when I ride and are there any supplements which will help?
cases of ligament damage are difficult to treat and it sounds as
though you are doing very well. The best person to advise about
exercise regimes is your vet, who has seen exactly how bad the damage
is really to gradually increase the amount of exercise so there
is no sudden shock to the legs, which may make the damage worse.
The herbs I like to use for such situations are ginger and prickly
ash bark. These increase the circulation to the damaged areas. MSM
the sulphur supplement is also very useful. We use a specific
formula which combines these ideas.
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