Diagnostics were still being done on pre-Derby second choice Buddha on the Monday after the race. His attending veterinarian, Dr. Ken Reed, said while they hadn’t found out a whole lot more, Buddha was sent on Sunday night (May 5) to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., under the care of Dr. Larry Bramlage. Buddha will undergo other testing at the clinic, including a bone scan (scintigraphy) and ultrasound of the tendons.

Reed said that diagnostic blocks (local anesthesia) showed that it is possible the horse might have a “high suspensory” injury in his left front leg, with 85% improvement when that area was blocked. Proximal suspensory desmitis is inflammation in the suspensory ligament, which originates in the upper portion of the cannon bone and goes all the way to an insertion point on the sesamoid bones. It can be caused by excessive stress during training or racing, direct trauma, or irritation secondary to a fracture.

Reed said the horse probably has two problems taking place, with shoulder bursitis a possible secondary injury adding to the lameness.


About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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