Sponsored rider blog
This evening I got to catch up with Christina Marie and the fabulous Boo, the third and final of Meadowbrook Equine Therapy’s sponsorship package winners. I have previously treated Boo, an 18yr old TBX and little dressage superstar. Unfortunately, 9 months ago, Boo started to have problems with lameness behind. Veterinary investigations found that the was considerable damage to the Annular Ligaments and Manica Flexoria on both hind limbs which would require surgery to repair.
Following successful surgery at the beginning of December 21, Boo is now progressing wonderfully with her rehabilitation. She is now able to walk for 15 minutes a day.
Considering that Boo has been through the riggers and stresses of surgery (anaesthetic/hoist/surgery/recovery) she has recovered well.
The next stages of her rehabilitation will be to gradually increase the amount of work she can do, to strengthen her core and to introduce her to the rehab groundwork/pole work exercises which will enable her to hopefully make a return to her former self.
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In cases in which the palmar/plantar annular ligament (PAL) is implicated as the primary cause of lameness, there is demonstrable constriction of the flexor tendons within the palmar digital sheath as a consequence of fibrosis (scarring) and thickening of the annular ligament. The annular ligament itself, however, is not considered the only source of pain; its binding of the superficial and deep digital flexor tendons within the digital sheath can precipitate synovial inflammation known as tenosynovitis. In most cases of annular ligament constriction, secondary tenosynovitis is the predominant source of pain and lameness.