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Suspensory ligament injuries

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Suspensory ligament injuries

The suspensory ligament is a strong, slightly elastic band of collagen fibres that runs at the back of the horses’ lower leg. It originates at the top of the cannon bone in both the forelimb and hindlimbs, and splits into two branches which insert onto the sesamoid bones at the back of the fetlock. The ligament’s main purpose is to prevent hyperextension of the fetlock at exercise.  

An ultrasound showing suspensory ligament desmitis
©Graham Munroe

How does the suspensory ligament become damaged?

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What type of horses are most at risk?

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What are the clinical signs?

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How are suspensory ligament injuries diagnosed?

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What treatments are available?

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