Read up on Suspensory Ligament Injuries and Anatomy

Diagram of Equine Lower Leg, showing Suspensory Ligaments

Suspensory ligament (above fetlock) shown in dark purple. Anterior branches of suspensory ligament (below fetlock) are light purple.

Read up on equine suspensory ligament injuries and anatomy in the free downloadable 20-page booklet ‘Suspensory Ligament Injuries in Horses’ from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine – written for horse owners and for horse professionals.

The booklet is generously illustrated with drawings, photos, and ultrasound images showing the anatomy and function of the equine suspensory apparatus in health and in injury.

What does the booklet cover?

  • What is the suspensory apparatus?
  • What is the suspensory ligament?
  • What does it do?
  • Where is it located?
  • How is it injured?

Who should read the booklet?

Owners, riders, and trainers of horses who:

  • have a suspensory apparatus injury – suspected or diagnosed
  • have the connective tissue disorder DSLD/ESPA – suspected or diagnosed
  • compete in sports such as eventing, hunter/jumper, flat racing, barrel racing

If the link at the beginning of the article doesn’t work, you can also read the booklet here:  Suspensory Ligament Injuries in Horses

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