Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
He said to use the pessoa to encourage him to stretch and use his back by using the "low" setting. My surcingle doesn't have a ring on the girth so I had to make due today but I'm going to change it up a bit.
He said to start him slow, don't worry about forward so much, just get him working down and low and stretching through his back instead of bracing his back and arching with his head up. Cinny has had a lot of muscle loss through his body and especially in his top line, and he didn't have much to begin with there. My vet was worried that if we work on forward before he has started stretching and regaining his top line it will cause him to be even more sore and painful. He wants him on the lunge every day for 20 minutes to help prevent the organism from going dormant, but if we push him too hard any of those days, he will be too sore to work the next day.
I don't know if I explained it in a way that makes sense, but when my vet explains it, it makes perfect sense to me. I guess it's like when a human has a virus, sometimes it's good for them to still get up and walk around, stretch etc...but it wouldn't be good for them to go to an aerobics class.