Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
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First, you need to have the vet out to find out - and then tell you - exactly what state the tendon is in now and what/where the lameness is.
This may involve having scans done to show the extent of tissue damage.
Then the vet will tell you how much box rest or bandaging or cold hosing or anti inflammatories is needed and why.
Then the vet will give you advice on the rehab program depending on the extent of the injury.
A typical post tendon injury recovery programme might be this:
8 weeks on box rest
2 weeks box rest with twice daily walking in hand for 10 minutes leading up to half an hour
Turn out in small paddock
Ridden Work in walk for a month starting with ten minutes leading up to an hour
Ridden work in walk and trot for two months as above
Ridden work in walk, trot and canter as above.
After which back to 'full work'.
If you try to miss out any of the steps, most likely the damage will reoccur. It is very important to hold on to the fact that if you do it right..... the horse will make a full recovery.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.