What causes suspensory ligament Desmitis?

The exact cause of DSLD has not been identified. Genetic and environmental factors are likely involved. A few years ago, it was thought that horses with DSLD were laying down abnormal proteoglycans (a type of protein) in the suspensory ligaments, as well as other tissues in the body.

What is suspensory Desmitis in horses?

Proximal suspensory desmitis (PSD) or high suspensory disease, is a common injury in both the forelimbs and the hindlimbs of athletic horses and may occur in one limb or in both the forelimbs or both the hindlimbs at the same time.

Can horses with DSLD be ridden?

Although horses with DSLD should not be ridden, they can benefit from regular, light exercise. Try to keep them turned out as much as possible. Movement reduces stiffness and can decrease lameness. As a degenerative and progressive condition, DSLD can be challenging to manage.

What is suspensory desmitis in horses?

Suspensory Desmitis in Horses. Injuries of the suspensory ligament (interosseous muscle) are common in forelimbs and hindlimbs of horses. Lesions are typically classified as affecting the proximal, body, or branches of the suspensory ligament.

What is proximal suspensory desmitis?

Proximal Suspensory Desmitis: The term proximal suspensory desmitis (PSD) is restricted to lesions confined to the proximal one-third of the metacarpus. PSD can occur unilaterally or bilaterally and is a common injury in all types of athletic horses.

What is degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis?

Degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis is a degenerative bilateral condition that results from faulty healing of the suspensory ligament. The faulty healing typically causes a thickening and hardening of the ligament and/or its branches.

What are the symptoms of degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis in horses?

Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis in Horses. Swelling and “sinking” of the fetlock are also symptoms in horses with fairly advanced stages of the disease. Enlargement and hardening of the suspensory ligament will also be noted upon palpation and horses are likely to exhibit obvious signs of pain.