Minnie had her scan today. The vet told me he had good news and bad news. The good news was that there was no repeat injury to the tendon, it looked the same as on the last scan. The bad news was that this time she got a suspensory ligament injury. The vet looked up at me and said, ” I don’t know if you’ll want to continue with this mare, she’ll need at least another 3 or 4 months rest before we can think about rehabilitating her, and I don’t know how much good she’ll be. This is now a very weak leg.”
I use different vets for different problems. This vet treats mostly race horses and he is excellent with leg injuries, which is why I took Minnie to him when she initially got her tendon injury. He is used to dealing with owners for whom a horse must be useful, so the implied (but unasked) question about what I wanted to do with Minnie didn’t bother me. I just smiled and replied that I love this mare, and that as long as she was pain-free, that would be good enough for me.