How soon is too soon?

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    09-10-2012, 09:56 PM
How soon is too soon?

My horse was out of work for a few weeks (about 3) due to an infection in her leg. Vet thought it might be a bone sequestrum but it ended up healing up nice and all. Once she was sound and it was closed up I gave her one ride her first week back because I was working a lot. Now its been about a month since she got hurt and I have started to ride her again the past couple days and found a show I plan to go to on the 29th. Its a very small h/j schooling show just a few miles up the road.
This mare is an OTTB and has tyed up 5 times that I know of, the most recent time was about 5 years ago or so. She is on a low sugar and starch diet and I have slowly adjusted her back on to grass. I also tend to bring her back slowly but usually she's off for less time than this (like a couple days)or like a few months, she is extremely accident prone!!
Anyways, my main question is do you think I can take her to this show? I figured I could do at least flat classes or do you think she could be ready for low fences? How long should I take to bring her back to her level of fitness (pretty fit, riding 45min-1hr most days w/ jumping 3ft like ever other week or so) after 1 month off?
Let me know if there is anything I should clarify!!
Thanks!! Sorry its so rambling!!
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    09-11-2012, 12:17 AM
You know your horse best.

I don't see why you couldn't take her if you really want to go and she is sound.

However, I would look at it as an outing and go for fun. If she isn't coping well then you can call it a day.
I think it would be somewhat unrealistic to go and expect to be super competitive.

But as I said before, you know your horse better than anyone so go with your gut and do what you feel is right for you and her.
    09-11-2012, 01:26 AM
I'd give it longer, particularly with her history of tying up.
Just my opinion but I consider my horse's health far above attending a local show for a couple of 20c ribbons.
    09-11-2012, 08:40 AM
Yeah I mean its definitely just a for fun thing I don't care at all to be competetive, just like getting her out. She will be sad seeing jumps and not getting to jump them though :p I used to show her all the time at A and AA rated shows and she loved it but its been a number of years!!
    09-11-2012, 09:06 AM
Oh and I hope people don't think im looking to push her too fast just to show, I was just asking because the advice I was given before my post was that she should be fine to do 2'6 since jumping isn't hard on her and I was worried that jumping would be too much. I don't want people to come freak out at me!!
    09-11-2012, 09:06 PM
Not freaking out at you :)
I just know from personal experience, that it's MUCH better to bring them back in very slowly. The general rule of thumb, is that you should walk the horse for as long as the horse has been out for, particularly if injured. So out for two weeks, walk for two weeks. Obviously this depends on the severity of the injury/illness, but it gives you a starting point.

The problem with showing her, is that she may well have lost a significant amount of fitness, and if you take her out to a show, and she gets herself nervous or excited, there's a very good chance that you will trigger her tying up. Not to mention her leg injury - I'd be very cautious with that.

There are plenty more shows, but not plenty more of your horse.
    09-11-2012, 09:40 PM
Wow I had no idea to go that slow for this short of a lay up. She wasnt on full stall rest or anything, her leg was wrapped 24/7 for about 2 weeks of it then 12hrs on 12 hrs off for another few days and she went out in a paddock either by herself or with my other horse. She does not do stall rest at all as she panics and just runs around her stall all day. The vet said once the wound closed (it was only about 1in long but fairly deep and got infected and was located on the inside of one of her front legs) she could start turn out and riding again. I have ridden her t/c for about 15 min the last 2 days and about 25-30 min of walk and she has seemed fine. She doesnt look like she has lost any muscle just gained a tiny bit of fat over her ribs (she is naturally very slim). She hasnt been getting real sweaty or out of breath at all either.
It is so hard to tell what to do with her!
    09-11-2012, 10:02 PM
Being TB, they do tend to maintain fitness. Stick a warmblood in the paddock for 2 weeks and it turns into a fat lazy slob!
I still like to err on the side of caution though. I certainly wouldn't be jumping, right now my biggest point of concentration, would be gently stretching her under saddle, bringing the neck right around to the girth on both sides, in walk and trot, moving her body around gradually.
I haven't run for two weeks due to a hip injury, and I can tell you that if I tried to run now, my usual 4.5km at 11km/hr, my body would punish me big time.

Ultimately it's up to you. If it were me, I'd be doing a little differently but that's ok, everyone has their different methods.
    09-11-2012, 11:42 PM
Thanks for your advice!!!
Perhaps I will ask the vets what they think tomorrow when I call about vaccines and my other horse! Both vets at the local clinic saw her and maybe they will have some advice as well on this particular beasty. And no I def. Don't plan on jumping her for awhile.
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    09-12-2012, 08:32 PM
Ugh I don't know what to think. I called the vet clinic and the receptionist talked to the vet for me. The answer she came back with was just take it slow....not so helpful :/

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