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        07-29-2013, 11:39 PM
    How much time to heal?

    Now that we've been 'officially' diagnosed with a soft tissue injury and my horse's joints and nerves are clear below the level of the knee...

    I've decided to let him have time off to rest and heal up. There is a big node of some sort on his right forearm below the shoulder where the leg comes in. I have been massaging it, and he will receive chiro and acupuncture to sort out the imbalances caused by his front feet angles.

    My farrier thinks he can manage him back to soundness, but it will take another 2-3 shoeings. We are not going with wedges unless its really necessary.
    Hopefully his right pastern angle and feet will change back to normal with the care and attention of our farrier. I fired the old farrier.

    I plan to hand walk him, and do horse agility (at the walk) and just other fun stuff. My question: This is a very mild off-ness but it is a consistent head nod at the trot, on the right circle. How much time would you suggest as a rest period, and when would I 'test' him as to soundness and healing? Thanks.
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        07-29-2013, 11:58 PM
    Shameless plug - but I have had huge success with laser therapy!! Skip the "Quantum Laser" junk and go for either a rental of a Centurion machine or go full out for some Pegasus treatments. Centurion will take about a month to start really seeing benefit, but having a trained Pegasus technician come out and laser your horse will show huge results in only a few treatments.
    I was sold on massage when I first started having an RMT work on my horses, but laser does such a great job of repairing and relaxing tissue that it is my go to!! The RMT is just icing now.

    Were it me I would have the horse on rest for a month, if not two, and be using laser therapy. I would check the horse after a few weeks of therapy.

    Good luck!

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