Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
Definitely get an ultrasound AND an x ray. I just went through this with my mare. She pulled a major muscle in her left stifle and it blew up like a balloon. I did both, because it was really important to me to make sure nothing was fractured.
I agree with hotreddun about circles. HILLS, HILLS, and more HILLS! They are great for building up the hind end. Start with walking for 5 to 10 mins... do that for a week and then bump it up for 5. When you get to 30 minutes, go to 30 mins of walk and 5 mins of trot then bump up trot... you get the idea. It really worked for my horse and it only took a couple of months to get her back up to par with that regimen. She is now back jumping 3'3" with ease and has no signs of re-injuring.
Good luck and keep us posted! I can definitely feel your pain! :)
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