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    02-16-2008, 10:03 PM
Re-training recovering tb with previous tendon injury

My horse, Riley, had an injury back in August. It was a puncture from a nail involving the deep flexor and sesmoids. He's been in surgery at a nearby university and shockwave treatments. He's final prognosis is that he'll be an English Pleasure/Dressage horse, but he'd only be able to do up to Training Level. It's a hard fact to bear considering his last jump will be way back when. But I've been walking him approx. 45 mins to an hour each day to prevent adhesions and strengthen the legs. He was supposedly recovering well and fast, until the flexion test, which he was severely limping and that hurt me deeply. But, he will be able to be turned out with friends by March, and then starting to work under saddle again. Any thoughts or recommendations? I've only walked like once a week on his back since his last vet visit (Jan 15th), and he's a little insane, and unbroken. I'm actually a little nervous to get on him. Help wanted!
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    02-16-2008, 10:10 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the injury!!

For your questions regarding training: do lots and lots of groundwork! Get your horse obeying voice commands (walk on, trot, canter, whoa, stand) before you even think of stepping up on him. Long-line and ground drive, get your horse used to giving to the bit... Take it slow, it might take a while to get all of the groundwork on him, but it is so worth it!
    02-17-2008, 10:45 PM

Thanks for your help! I am trying to practice a little Parelli with him. What's ground-longeing? And any thoughts on how to calm him down?
    02-17-2008, 10:57 PM
Lunging is where you stand in place (turning with the horse) while the horse walks, trots, and canters in a circle around you. The key here that you want to do is get your horse obeying "walk on" "trot" "canter" and "whoa". They key to the voice commands is changing your voice tone for each command, as horses will respond to tones rather than individual words. When I say "canter" it's a very lively "CAN-ter!" "trot" it's a chipper upbeat "terr-ot!" for walk it's a low and slow "wwaaaaalllllllkkkk" and whoa is an even lower "whhhhooooaaa"
Ground driving is a great thing to do with your horse and establishes a feel of the reins without being on the horse's back. You'll need: your bridle without reins, a surcingle and two lunge lines. You clip each line to one of the bits and feed it through the side loops or the higher loops (depending on what effect you want with the "reins") and essentially drive your horse without a cart - you walk along behind the horse. You can do all 3 gaits as long as you can keep up! A variation of this is driving on the lunge, where you lunge your horse, but have the two lines running through the surcingle - this will allow you to definitely do all 3 gaits without worrying about keeping up, and you can still maintain contact with your horse's mouth as if you're riding.

Hope this helps!
    02-27-2008, 04:46 AM
Im in the same boat with my old racer. I find alot of walking and working them up slowly is good but defianantly swimming. Best exercise for injuries.
    02-28-2008, 04:49 PM
^^^ Is right that swimming is best for exercise injuries but I am sure you don't happen to have a horse pool in your backyard ha ha ha so try a lot of lunging excersises and walking.
    02-28-2008, 10:23 PM
I have seen multiple horses with this injury. Seen some where with slow training they were able to be ridden and jumped again tho they couldn't be pushed any higher than probably 2 and half feet.
Talk to your vet regarding your options. I know it is possible to get injections as well which helps with rebuilding soft tissue injuries such as tendons. Ask your vet about them.

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