When Should I Begin Riding?
My horse is currently recovering from lyme disease and has been on doxycycline for 12 days. Yesterday was the first day of improvement where he was extremely energetic to the point of being uncontrollable. I doubt he's felt nearly this good in months and now wants to go, go, go, but obviously I shouldn't overdo it. He is no longer lame, but is still somewhat stiff at times, others he seems perfectly fine at the walk.
I'll be having a vet out to look at him, but it will be hard to get an appointment for a while, so I'm wondering when I should begin short rides at the walk? There's a horse at my barn whose had lyme since the winter. After 5 days on the doxy he seemed 100% normal, so his owner began riding and he instantly crashed... still with little improvement after months, so I'm a bit weary about doing too much, too soon.
At what point in his recovery do you think I should begin riding?