When Should I Begin Riding?
My horse is currently recovering from lyme disease and has been on doxycycline for 12 days. Yesterday was the first day of improvement where he was extremely energetic to the point of being uncontrollable. I doubt he's felt nearly this good in months and now wants to go, go, go, but obviously I shouldn't overdo it. He is no longer lame, but is still somewhat stiff at times, others he seems perfectly fine at the walk.
I'll be having a vet out to look at him, but it will be hard to get an appointment for a while, so I'm wondering when I should begin short rides at the walk? There's a horse at my barn whose had lyme since the winter. After 5 days on the doxy he seemed 100% normal, so his owner began riding and he instantly crashed... still with little improvement after months, so I'm a bit weary about doing too much, too soon.
At what point in his recovery do you think I should begin riding?
Definitely something you need to talk to your vet about.
It's something that we can't answer for you :( you'll have to talk it of with your vet. Every animal recovers differently from an illness.
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I wouldn't ride yet.... there are products called omega alpha that are natural for all sorts of stuff... calming, recovery, joints, health, immune, etc.
I'd just phone the vet and ask. but you cant hurt anything by not riding....
I guess it depends how severe the lymes was. My sister's gelding has chronic lymes, so when we got him tested and realized why he had been acting the way he had she didn't ride him for probably about a week. He was in regular work prior though so he was fine starting back up after a short time off. He also is never going to be 100% better; he's actually on doxy right now because it seems to have flared back up. She's still riding him now. However, none of our horses have ever gotten regular lymes, so I'm not sure how different it'd be. He wasn't really in pain (ie. he was perfectly fine with brushing, etc... all the usual signs of lymes) he was just very very spooky.
As others have said, you should probably just talk to your vet. Even if you can just call the office (or the vet them-self if they don't work for a group) and talk to someone on the phone they may be able to give you an idea. I would say hand walking is fine if he seems better, but I'd give him an extra week or so of feeling good before you actually get on. Plus all that energy from feeling better might not go so well if you're in the saddle.
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