Help­ing horses on box rest Treat­ing a horse with arthri­tis

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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.

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