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post #1 of 20 Old 03-30-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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When to progress?

I hate posting so many threads but I have so many questions XD Lola was lame for 2 months with ligament damage at the top of her right front leg. She has been sound for two weeks now. I have been lunging her for about 5-10 minutes everyday of just walking and trotting. I then rode her on sunday and she seemed to go lame again. So I got off and let her off into the field where she was obviously lame. It could have just been a stone because on monday I lunged her again and she was 100% sound. So I rode her today and she was still sound.

Now I would like to know how slowly I should progress with her? Should I canter her yet? I obviously know not to jump her yet but when should and how slowly should I progress the jumping..

I am asking here because my instructor told me to ride her even if she is lame. And please do not tell me to get a new instructor etc. She has seen all of these issues before so must know what she is talking about. But I really just want to do everything perfect so I do not risk making her lame again. Can someone please help me out?
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-30-2011, 06:16 PM
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Personally I wouldn't proceed with out a follow-up ultrasound on the ligament. (Hoping that you had an initial ultrasound when the damage was first diagnosed.) Your vet can tell you when and how to proceed. Ligament issues are tricky little boogers because they can "feel" healed but in reality they're not.

When it was diagnosed what Grade was the sprain?

Grade 1 - overstretched
Grade 2 - partial tearing
Grade 3 - full rupture
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post #3 of 20 Old 03-30-2011, 06:54 PM
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I am asking here because my instructor told me to ride her even if she is lame. And please do not tell me to get a new instructor etc. She has seen all of these issues before so must know what she is talking about. But I really just want to do everything perfect so I do not risk making her lame again. Can someone please help me out?
What???? Well if you listen to your instructor, who obviously only cares about making a few bucks off you, then your horse will not only continue to be lame but will probably become completely unsound. If she gives advice like that then she doesn't know what she is talking about. You might want to ask what you vet's opinion is on riding lame horses. I think ligament damage is pretty serious and can take a very long time to heal. No wonder she doesn't want to go forward.
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Lame or limp = hurting or not right
I don't see how riding will help that.
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post #5 of 20 Old 03-30-2011, 07:29 PM
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Um, YAH, that MIGHT've had something to do with it!

Ride your horse lame, strap her mouth shut, put a martingale on her, don't even lower your stirrups decently etc. Where's my cannonball to the instructor's chest button?
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Get a vet out with an ultrasound machine. That is the only way to be sure of the extent of damage. The last suspensory injury I dealt with, the horse was off and on sound - one day he'd seem fine, the next dead lame - never could see a pattern. It was of course a (minor) suspensory injury that required stall rest and bringing him back very slowly.
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Yeah, I wouldn't put any additional stress on this leg until you know what you are dealing with. Legs can be very tricky and take forever to heal if you rush it.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Get a vet out with an ultrasound machine. That is the only way to be sure of the extent of damage. The last suspensory injury I dealt with, the horse was off and on sound - one day he'd seem fine, the next dead lame - never could see a pattern. It was of course a (minor) suspensory injury that required stall rest and bringing him back very slowly.
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I agree, if you haven't already. I just went through this with my youngest stud. He had a small tear, but pulled pretty much all of the soft tissues in his knee. (we both went down, will share how if you want) He was on stall rest for almost 3 months, handwalking gradually increased, then lunging lightly and I have been back on him for a week now doing very light riding. He got daily liniment rubdowns, massage & laser therapy. I didn't ride him until the vet did a final ultrasound and gave me the go ahead.

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I did say she was not lame anymore so that is no reason for her not to go forward. She has been lazy since I got her.

And I do not pay my instructor at all.

And her leg has been checked etc. I will probably ask the vet these questions too but all I want to know is how slowly to progress. I do not want people to tell me to get her leg checked etc. It has been already. She has been fine for two weeks now. Her injury was very minor too. Just a stretch. I have been checking her every single day to make sure she is ok and so far so good. She has had box rest and leg stretches etc and she has been back out into the field for two weeks without doing any damage.

So yeah XD Everything is good I just don't know what to do with her.

And I would just like to add when she was lame she was galloping through the fields being a fool so that is no reason for her not wanting to trot.
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post #10 of 20 Old 03-31-2011, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Ride your horse lame, strap her mouth shut, put a martingale on her, don't even lower your stirrups decently etc. Where's my cannonball to the instructor's chest button?

Don't get this? I am not comfortable with stirrups any longer than I have them. They even feel to long the way they are. Also she needs a flash because she has gotten her tongue over the bit loads of times and I do not want to end up galloping around an arena. I do not see any problem with a martingale..It wasn't even my instructor who suggested it. It was another one who rode her. And once she can keep her head low I will take it off.

But yeah just saying none of these things have been suggested by my instructor they have been suggested by people who have ridden her. And well the stirrups is my thing XD Like I said I cannot handle long stirrups at all.
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