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post #11 of 16 Old 03-14-2020, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Put simply... drugs. Rehabbing is dangerous for both handler and horse as they've been cooped up and can be unpredictable. I've been thrown, kicked, spun off etc from rehabbing horses that are otherwise absolute angels.
Talk to your vet about dosages and what will work best for you. Resurpine may be a good option for the long term, but a lot of people use a day by day basis and ace as needed for the start of tack walking.

As for pasture, that is up to your vet. LISTEN to your vet and what they have to say. They know the injury and the horse best. I do not turn out normally, but have a mare I'm giving a full year off to be bred who's injured who can do whatever she likes in her run. It's a horse by horse basis, but I would say listen to vet instructions.

IRAP is an amazing thing, I've seen it do wonders to injuries!
Wow, never even thought of that! I was concerned when I was reading the vets guidelines for hand walking to riding, while she is on stall rest. I thought I sure as heck wouldn't want to get on that mare even with the twice daily exercise regime! I will definitely ask the vet about dosages and what we have available here.
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Wow, never even thought of that! I was concerned when I was reading the vets guidelines for hand walking to riding, while she is on stall rest. I thought I sure as heck wouldn't want to get on that mare even with the twice daily exercise regime! I will definitely ask the vet about dosages and what we have available here.
I don't know of anyone in the show world who rehabs without ace. It's too dangerous for everyone involved. Why risk the horse reinjuring themselves from a blow up?
Reserpine is a long lasting tranquilizer that can be a feed through or injected. It does have, I believe, a 90 day withdrawal period with USEF, for those wondering. It's easier because a vet can do the injection once and it will last for awhile!
Ace would be needed to be injected each time you were to ride or walk, and has side effects of its own. (sweating with heat, etc)
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I don't know of anyone in the show world who rehabs without ace. It's too dangerous for everyone involved. Why risk the horse reinjuring themselves from a blow up?
Reserpine is a long lasting tranquilizer that can be a feed through or injected. It does have, I believe, a 90 day withdrawal period with USEF, for those wondering. It's easier because a vet can do the injection once and it will last for awhile!
Ace would be needed to be injected each time you were to ride or walk, and has side effects of its own. (sweating with heat, etc)
Absolutely, reinjury is a major concern at this point considering she has flared up twice in the recent past.

I wonder if a calming supplement like Herbs for Horses Serenity or Omega Alpha's Chill would have enough power to relax prior to exercise.
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Drug them up for control?!?!? Good Lord, why?

Yes some bute was given immediately after the injury, for pain and swelling. but certainly not a lot! I think I only gave that for the first week or so, along with cold hosing.


After that, um nothing. I did of course take her off all grain and used a forage based diet along with vitamin supplement. But certainly nothing to keep her drugged up!

Some treats while we hand grazed, but no drugs. That is certainly not a requirement for healing. Lots of hay, a salt lick in her stall. Two buckets of fresh water, deep bedding, and a treat ball hung from the ceiling to keep her mind busy.

Did the same thing with a gelding that was laid up from a hoof injury for 6 weeks. Except for a bit of springiness when we hand walked, he was his usually friendly self.


I would expect any vet to question why an owner wanted to drug their horse. Jeez.
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Drug them up for control?!?!? Good Lord, why?

Yes some bute was given immediately after the injury, for pain and swelling. but certainly not a lot! I think I only gave that for the first week or so, along with cold hosing.


After that, um nothing. I did of course take her off all grain and used a forage based diet along with vitamin supplement. But certainly nothing to keep her drugged up!

Some treats while we hand grazed, but no drugs. That is certainly not a requirement for healing. Lots of hay, a salt lick in her stall. Two buckets of fresh water, deep bedding, and a treat ball hung from the ceiling to keep her mind busy.

Did the same thing with a gelding that was laid up from a hoof injury for 6 weeks. Except for a bit of springiness when we hand walked, he was his usually friendly self.


I would expect any vet to question why an owner wanted to drug their horse. Jeez.
Because a sport horse who's used to daily work suddenly gets pent up in a stall for 3-12 months and then is back to work and will be, as anyone who's been cooped up for that long, excited.

I work with high level hunters, jumpers, eq horses, and ponies that go to pony finals. I have never gotten on a horse - especially in the first month of rehab - without some ace.
It's for - above all else - safety and insuring that the injury isn't going to represent itself or get worse from an explosion when tack walking starts.
These horses are worth a lot of money and it could be career ending if they keep tearing their suspensory open.

An injury in the joint is even worse and more susceptible to being quality-of-life-ending if not taken care of properly.

Also, the use of a low dose of tranq (like acepromozine or reserpine) for rehab is almost always SUGGESTED by our veterinary teams to have horses back to their job quicker, sounder, and fitter.
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Not the right species, but I saw IRAP performed on a very elderly leopard on animal planet and his comfort and improvement was amazing. No surgery because of age and anesthesia issues previously. He went from obviously painful slow movement to jumping back up on tree stumps and jumping from one to another.
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