D S L D Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis

D S L D Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis, or so it was named, actually is a proteoglycans accumulation in all connective tissue. Part of the connective tissue, in a random fashion, will be unstructured and thus unavailable for “work.”

The horse may exhibit:

  • Poor work ethic
  • Lazy Can’t/won’t lift back
  • Pot belly
  • Twisting hocks
  • Doesn’t live up to promise of breeding
  • Poor bum tuck reflex
  • Slack feel on tail pull
  • Frequent sprains/strains
  • Laid up frequently because of injury
  • Chronic, unexplainable lameness
  • Fetlocks too low
  • need for suspensory ligament boots
  • Legs appear straighter i.e. post legged
  • Dropped back
  • Resting hind legs in alternation
  • Craving for salt/minerals

These are all signs of connective tissue weakness, principally called DSLD. As it happens, the weakness can be found throughout all non-bone tissue, interfering with any request or resolve to become a performance horse. There is a great website, www.dsldequine.info. I recommend you visit it.