I rescued a horse about one month ago, later to find that he has a degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis injury from racing. The original owner did not take care of the injury and the horse was underweight approximately 400 – 500 pounds. I am slowly putting the weight back on him with little problems, but have included an MSM supplement to accompany his ration for his injury. My concern is there anything I can do for this horse so that he can be started back in light riding in approximately six to 10 months? Beth
I assume you’re working with a veterinarian to diagnose the extent of this injury, follow its healing, and develop a plan of physical therapy. That’s really the best way to assess if your horse will be ready for riding in the time frame you mention.Adding MSM to his diet is a good idea because of the effects on pain and inflammation that research shows it provides. You may want to choose a supplement that also includes silica and collagen, since a growing body of evidence provides rationale for the use of these two ingredients to specifically support the healing of connective tissue.