Kiara got hematoma yesterday between the front legs (run into the fence). I saw it, so I treated it with the cold water right away, later ice several times a day, and will start warm treatment tonight together with some massage. It's about the size of the grapefruit a little behind the chest between the legs. I googled up and found people are saying very different things about the healing: from couple weeks to couple months before it'll disappear.
So my question is can start riding her, say, in week (may be even just bareback)? By riding I mean something 15-20 mins per day with mostly walk and some light trot. She's young, so I really don't want to do any breaks in riding unless it's really something I must do. My neighbor said it's not that big deal, but I'm still concerned.
And yes, I personally worked when I had pretty big hematomas as well as started exercises shortly after cut in joint and the cast was removed and so on. But I don't know whether horse can handle it or not. :)