Helping horses on box rest Treating a horse with arthritis
QMy horse damaged her suspensory ligament and is going to have several months off work. Is there anything I can do to help her? Sarah Hughes, Canterbury
AIn the early days, you’re best to think about your horse’s behaviour and mental well-being while your vet will advise how to care for her initial injury. It’s normal with this type of injury for your vet to advise a period of box rest. If your horse isn’t a fan of box rest, this could stress her out and hinder the rehabilitation process. Look at stable enrichment ideas that she can interact with such as a mirror or stable toys. Try not to be too food led as horses can easily put weight on when they’re out of work and keeping the extra pounds off the injured leg is essential for recovery. Following initial veterinary treatment, talk with your vet and physiotherapists to put together a tailored rehab plan.