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post #1 of 3 Old 12-17-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Recovering from pigeon fever

My horse is just now getting over pigeon fever, and I'm going to start riding him again in a few days. The whole thing's gone on for about 5 1/2 weeks. He's dropped some weight and lost some muscle in the process, so I was wondering how much time does he need to get back in shape, what kind of exercises I should be doing with him, etc. I don't want to push him but I want him to get back to where he was. He was ridden 2-4 times per week, mainly arena work but trail rides too.
So, what can his get-back-in-shape plan be?
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Has he gained his weight back yet? If not I would wait on riding until he has gained most of it back.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-17-2012, 01:23 PM
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We had about 9 horses come down with Pigeon Fever this year ( we have never had it before) . All the horses stayed on their feed. Most lost muscle mass, just because the whole process takes so long. As soon as the abscesses had done most their drainage, all the vets said start the horses back to work. Light walk , trot. The activity helps the circulation and helps clear out all the extra fluid in the lymph system.
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