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post #11 of 28 Old 09-18-2012, 10:12 AM
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Wonderful news! So glad to hear he's doing well! And to think the first vet wrote him off. You're a great owner for not giving up on him.
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post #12 of 28 Old 09-18-2012, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, although he gave me a mini heart attack today!! He only decided to jump a 5 bar gate out of the paddock and took himself back to his stable. Decided he didn't like being out on his own!!! Fortunately no damage done, the physio checked him over and all was well! We are going to put a nice quiet school pony out and hopefully that will appease him! On the plus side it's fab knowing he hasn't lost the will or ability to jump although now is NOT the right time to be showing it off!!! Lol
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Well another step forward!! Been given the thumbs up by the vet this morning to start work under saddle which is 15 mins a day in 'active' walk walk working up to 30 mins by the end of a week. The vet is back in 2 weeks and should be able to start introducing some trot work!!! Been 151/2 weeks since the accident so his progress has been amazing!! Love this horse :)
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Well I survived my maiden voyage! Lol, Flynn was a bit 'fresh' tried napping to the arena gate a few times, obviously retirement mode is more appealing! I dug my heels in and pushed him away so we had a couple of mini bucks. More 'huffy' than threatening just wanted his own way. Haha but I let Claire The flatwork queen get on him and he was doing perfect leg yielding, rein back etc. he's tracking through evenly with both legs you honestly wouldn't know he just needs to get his head back into work mode and shift that belly!!!! Lol might save any hacking for a little bit longer yet tho!!!! We're up and running
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post #15 of 28 Old 10-18-2012, 08:06 AM
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I just have to say I love reading stories like this. I am so glad Flynn is doing so well on his rehabilitation. Good luck and I hope to keep reading only good news!!!! He seems to have quite a personality and is a really pretty mover!

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I just have to say I love reading stories like this. I am so glad Flynn is doing so well on his rehabilitation. Good luck and I hope to keep reading only good news!!!! He seems to have quite a personality and is a really pretty mover!
Thank you, it's all slowly slowly but it's such a relief knowing he is going to be back to how he was pre injury (at least on the flatwork for now!) :)
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post #17 of 28 Old 10-31-2012, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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We can start trotting!! Basically over the next month it's all about building his muscle and his fitness. Just 10 minutes worth of trot work inter spaced over 40 minutes worth of schooling to start, building the flat work up to an hour over a month and gradually increasing the time in trot. The vet said he will tire quickly to start with while trotting (although he said this won't be anything to do with the leg just his fitness) but it's like any fitness regime he'll get better fairly quickly. So a month of walk and trot work before he is seen again. Physio not back for a month now either so very happy with where we are at :)
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post #18 of 28 Old 11-12-2012, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thought I'd just add a little up date on how we are doing.......the schooling is going well, we are up to 50 mins a day this week. He is switched on and knows his job again (after the first time under saddle and him thinking he had retired!)
I decided to hack him out on Saturday to break up the monotony of the school, its been over 4 months since he was last off the yard. I high vized ourselves up (just incase he decided to go home without me! Lol) and off we went. It was a lovely crisp morning and he was a superstar. Don't get me wrong he was having a good look around and we had a couple of minor 'discussions' as to which way we were going but he was great. Although this injury has been an awful thing to happen and go through the 'silver lining' is definitely the time spent on the ground with him has given me loads more confidence on and around him. I've really got to know him and his personality and hopefully he has built some trust in me. We hacked out both days (virtually all in walk with some trot on the straight tracks) he was a little more on his toes yesterday, but I just sat quiet and confident and he was happy to go forward. He power walked his way round the route so we were definitely active! :)) All I had going through my head was the first vets wording on his clinical history, 'unsafe and unstable advised never to ride again' and I thought well we're doing it sunshine so he can stick that in his pipe and smoke it!! It was so lovely to just be back out there with him and it did us both the world of good. :)
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Had the physio out on Friday and the vet out today, both are over the moon with him, his movement is totally free and even in trot and tracking up perfect. We can now start to introduce canter work......HOWEVER this is when he said we may notice any issues or restrictive movement in the transitions to canter to start with. No more than one minute stints of canter to begin interspersed through an hours schooling. Very important not to tire him out. I've got to give him a call in 2 weeks and then we can see about upping it. I had our first go tonight, he did what I expected him to do. He was trying to run into his transitions (he used to pre injury and we were working on it) no stress, just brought him back to trot, steadied him up and asked again. Will just keep working on that but when we did get a good strike off he felt fine, certainly not 'off' so I was really chuffed. The vet noticed how much he has muscled up on that left side in the last month. Really really pleased with him. Just got to carry on doing what we are doing. Pole work and cavaletti's all good to get him lifting his feet. We are allowed to take him out for small trips on the wagon so we can take him to a few local dressage comps to do some intro tests. It's more to get him out and about again without any stresses :)
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Thought I'd post a couple of small videos of his canter work.( Apologies for the darkness our indoor isn't very well lit and a horse with dark legs on a dark surface isn't the best however you can get a bit of an idea of how he is going.)
My friend who competed him in dressage pre injury is riding him, she hasn't been on him for a few weeks so it was good to get her feedback and how he was feeling to her.
This is his 3rd schooling session since being allowed to include canter work. He's not cantered with a rider in over 5 months so we're pretty pleased with how he is looking. He now just needs the time to build the overall strength in the leg and his general fitness.
He is going through what I call his 'Kevin and Perry' stage, stroppy teenager! Lol although he is 7 I think he is quite immature, he is also very opinionated! We had a lesson on Thursday and the instructor put some small cavaletti's out, we were to trot through them. He thought he'd like to canter (easier) because I said 'No' he threw in a small buck and chased the instructor across the school!! It's never a 'get off my back' buck it's a 'tantrum' not getting his own way! Keeps it interesting anyway!! We can hopefully carry on as we are doing. It's a shame we are into winter with the dark nights as it would be ideal to get a lot more hacking done but that for now is our weekend treat. I love this horse :)

Flynn 1/12/12...... 5 months post injury - YouTube

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