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    08-10-2011, 04:49 PM
Am I going too fast? Lame horse back to work.

Okay so my horsey is very fit, but he pulled up lame. He had 13 days off of work. Only got 6 out of the 13 days turnout, which is approx. 12 hours a day.

I'm getting him back into work now because he's completely sound YAY! But I'm wondering if it's too much too quick?

He was sound Monday, so here's my schedule so far.

Monday - 15-20 minutes walk. Maybe 1 min trot.
Tuesday - 10 minutes walk. 15 minutes trot. 30 second canter -- because he wanted to run! - feelin good!
Wednesday - 10 minutes walk. 25 minutes trot. 3 minutes canter - walk breaks in between.

Today I wanted to jump him very little. Maybe just poles. He is used to jumping around 3', so I feel like 18" isn't going to do him harm.

He is very sound now, and is moving great. Just wondering if I should cut back at all? Is this too much work for 13 days off?

P.s. I have to get him back up to work by next tuesday -- 8 days from when I started him back up. I have a clinic with Stephen Bradley and I really was looking forward to it. Just want Indy to be comfortable doing his job!
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    08-10-2011, 09:43 PM
What was the source of his lameness?
    08-10-2011, 10:23 PM
Well I would work more on regaining muscle and only jump a day or 2 before the clinic. Horses lose muscle around 2 weeks without work so he probably didn't lose a lot but he did lose some so you need to work on finessing that. Jump him over a few little 1footers to keep him in the jumping mode
    08-11-2011, 01:39 AM
I would try to do more walk and hold off on the jumping for another week or so.

Try to keep in mind that as an estimate, for every day off the horse needs about 1.5 to 2 days worth of reconditioning before he is able to perform at the same level as before.
So if the horse has 1 week off, it would be 10 days to 2 weeks of progressive riding before he would be at the same level as before.

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