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    01-06-2009, 07:47 PM
Question Muscle Tear - Can you Help?

I while ago I had a person out to check Cougar (TB Gelding - 7yr old) out, just a general check over. The man, which is a qualified muscle therpist, said he has some old muscle tears in his neck, shoulder and the side of the rear. Most probally caused by a fall in the paddock quite along time ago (before we had him). When he pointed it out where they were, and you could really notice where it is because there was no muscle building up around the area.
The man then said he couldnt be jumped over a 1m, not that he couldnt, just that he wouldnt be able to. Before that, he was a test dummy for a new cross - country jump in the club, which measured 1.20 x 1.40 wide ( ski jump ).
He doesnt short step, nor react like he is in pain.. He absolutally loves to jump.. its a shame..

Anyways, I was just wondering if you could help me with any excercises I could do to help him? If there is any herbal medicine or something..

Thank you in advance
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    01-06-2009, 07:53 PM
I don't know anything about muscle tears in horses. I know for humans stretching, massage, heat/cold(I forget the rules on which when sorry), and slowly doing repetitive weight exercises help.

Talk with your vet maybe, but I would think trails, hills and what not would be good, with other treatment as well.
    01-06-2009, 08:05 PM
Oh yes, its quite common for horses to get tears.. Most of the time it doesnt affect them, but other times it can be quite fatal for the career.

Thanks for your suggestions huntseat7. Atm im lunging him over trot poles and small bounces, trying to encourage more build up. I don't really like Vets, I only use them if im totally stumped on the problem. Just my opinion though.

Because there quite old tears (say 4-6 years ago), Massaging wont help much.. will it?
    01-06-2009, 08:07 PM
I dinno,i think depends if there is scar tissue from it or not...

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