10-23-2007, 02:28 AM
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Where I used to work we had a horse that had to be swum(?) He had decided to plow through a fence on night but didn't quite make it. IT seemed like he'd gotten over with his front leg then just pulled it backwards through the pole. Anyway he'd done massive damage to his shoulder and with a few weeks the muscle had started to atrify (die) he couldn't be ridden, for obvious reasons, but we had to keep him moveing to try and build up what muscle was left, so we used swim therapy.
It did work, and we got him to a point where we could take over with riding him. His shoulder never totally healed properly due to the extreme muscle loss but it got back to about 90% of original structure.