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    10-22-2009, 10:08 PM
Green Broke
Question Getting back into training after an injury

I've only been able to walk my horse for over 3 weeks now, because she has splints.

She has been on no turnout also because she's not really allowed to do anything but walk. I've been walking her under saddle, the vet said that was okay, but nothing more.

Next week the vet said I can resume riding, the ligament swelling should have subsided by then with everything we've been doing for it. But since she's effectively been off for almost a month, I obviously can't just jump back on her and expect to canter through a jump course!

SO...what are others' suggestions for getting back into training after a month off? I'm thinking lots of slow trotting to start off with, but I'm wondering how winded she'll be/how long the trot sessions should last between walk breaks? I don't want to end up re-injuring the ligament.
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    10-22-2009, 10:12 PM
When Nelson had to go through corrective shoeing *horrible angles permitted by farrier, no blood flow, excessive brusing* we started out with just plain ol hacking.

Walk. Lots of it. Start out with a 1/2 hour, then progress to an hour. Everyday. I know you are already walking, but are you out on natural terrain? Or in the arena?

I would learn how to do standing wraps as well, very benefitial for after riding.
    10-22-2009, 10:16 PM
Green Broke
Yes, we've been walking every day...sometimes in the arena, sometimes out on the trail (we get bored easily LOL)...on the days I don't feel like riding, I hand walk her outside so she can get some fresh air!

Here's what the vet told me to do to take care of the splints, which I've been doing religiously every day for almost 2 weeks now!!

*1g bute for 14 days (that's done Sunday)
*Lots of walking
*Cold hose her leg for 20 minutes
*Apply "Surpass" anti-inflammatory ointment to the injured area
*Wrap her legs (I use No Bows and standing wraps)

Yes, I've become quite the expert in standing wraps! Lol A couple months ago she had a puncture wound on the inside of one of her back legs and I applied ointment and then wrapped with standings every day...then this happened, so I've become a wrapping fool!! Lol

But I'm more wondering how to take our next (trotting) steps?
    10-22-2009, 10:23 PM
Stay on the trails. They are your best friend right now.

Eventers hack, hack, hack, hack, hack and hack some more after they hack. Why? Because the natural terrain is the best place to condition your horse muscle wise, to build their lung capacity and their heart strength. And, it conditions you.

You have hills. You get uneven terrain. You get twists and turns and the best part, you get out of that arena - which is the best medicine for both horse and rider mentally.

While I am out hacking, I forget that I am hacking for conditioning, I am having too much fun.

The trails, right now, are your best friend.

What I do every Spring after the snow is mostly melted, we get out onto the trails. Conditioning for the Eventing season is imperative.

Start out at a walk for about 20 mintues. Then move into a trot for about 2 mintues. Then go back to the walk. Walk again for about 10 mintues. Trot again for 2, walk again, trot again. Don't push it.

Leave it at that for now. Eventually you can raise the time incraments.

Go out there for a good hour. Bring a friend, makes it more enjoyable. Do this as often as you can.
    10-22-2009, 10:26 PM
Green Broke
Awesome Best advice I've heard all day!! I LOVE trail riding! My friend and I are actually thinking about trailering down to a new bridle trail we've never been to this weekend (depending on how Sandie is feeling, it'll have been about 2 weeks this weekend)...just to do a lot of walking (and maybe we'll trot a couple minutes and then walk, just to let her do something).

The lameness has been gone for a week now, but I'm not so sure that isn't being masked by the bute a little still, so I don't want to really make her do any trot work until she's been off the bute for several days first.
    10-22-2009, 10:30 PM
You know your horse better than anyone. Keep it slow, and keep doing what you are doing with her care wise.

Splints suck. I grew up very athletic *couldn't tell now* but I was very, very involved with Basketball from grades 6 - 12 and soccer and Field Hockey. I had splints and water in my knee's all the time. So I share her pain - lol.
    10-23-2009, 12:13 PM
Green Broke
Lol I'll tell her that! Yeah I played lacrosse in high school and had shin splints every now and then, ANNOYING!

But hey, if all that happened was an inflamed ligament, that's fine, better than her actually fracturing or tearing some or hurting a tendon -- then she'd be out much longer! There's a girl in the barn whose horse has a tendon injury and I feel so bad for her, she can't ride for several months and the horse is on stall rest too! That would drive me insane! Two weeks has been hard enough!!

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