The suspensory ligaments are found on the lower legs of the horse (below the knee on the front legs and below the hock on the hind legs). These ligaments provide elasticity to the bones found in the lower legs allowing the horse to run optimally and prevents excessive extension of the fetlock joint.
Suspensory ligament injuries are common in performance horses due to repetitive stress. Supporting the suspensory ligaments with kinesiology tape is great way to prevent injury from occurring (or preventing further injury) and also decreasing inflammation post injury.
Decreasing Inflammation Following Injury
With acute suspensory ligament injuries, the inflammation reduction taping should be used. To apply this, cut 2 strips of tape into the fan cuttings and place them on the lower leg with the bases superior to the fingers. Overlap the fingers along the area of swelling.
Once the inflammation has lessened, you can add support to this area by placing 3 strips of tape on the medial, lateral and posterior portions of the lower leg. Next, add another I strip of tape running along the fetlock joint with 50% stretch in the center and no stretch on the ends. Last, add 1-inch anchors on the top and bottom. Replace every 2-3 days for optimal results.
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