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post #1 of 3 Old 05-16-2010, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Two month post op update on Candi my mare (stifle surgery)

Hey everyone.

First of all I would like to say thanks to many of the folks here who have been really really supportive about this entire process for Candi and I...

It has not been easy by any means at all.

We have reached the 8 week mark and my vet was out at 6 weeks and did x-rays. Looks as if everything is healing well and she x-rays were/are great.

I have had some trouble handling Candi over the last few weeks. She can be very explosive sometimes and being she is in a "rehab" state there is not a lot I can do to dicipline or Re-direct her thinking and energy because she cannot do anything like "work"
We have been doing the best we can with our handwalking.

The vet was out again last Friday to check her out and we are now on a new program of action.

I am now allowed to tack her up and lunge her at the walk and over the next week I will be allowed to add in tiny spurts of trot...
Something like walk 5 min...trot 1 min...etc.
If all goes well we can increase the trot time and add in trot poles.

So today I got her all dressed up, leg boots and all, saddle and bridle and off we went.
I will say that I have started to wear my hard hat while working with her just in case...
Anyway, we were out there for about 20- 30 minutes and she only had a few tiff's when she got tad excited and wanted to trot or buck, but she never made it that far as I shut it all down pretty quickly.

When I had her out on the lunge line, I looked at her with the saddle and bridle on and since she has gained a bunch of weight I was a bit taken back by how healthy she now looks despite the surgery. She looked really big so not sure if she grew or if it is the weight.

Please keep your fingers crossed she will become more settled when a routine is established once again!

I am allowed to get on her but we are in no way going there right out of the gate......sorry...not ready for that...She needs to become more workable so i can handle it.
Baby steps....

I will try to have someone snap some photos of me with her on the lunge if I can in the next few weeks.

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-16-2010, 09:38 PM
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Baby steps! I'm so glad to hear things are going smoothly.. about darn time! Thank you so much for the update, I look forwards to seeing pictures soon of her working!!

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-16-2010, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Allie.
It has been a road for sure....
I would love to have someone take a few shots of me and Candi doing the work but we shall see...
Everyone always wants their pics taken and video taken, but they can never give me a few
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